But the organization can and will take noncompliant companies to court. In June 2008, the BSA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Taney Engineering Inc. and Taney Cunningham Equipment LLC of Henderson, Nev., after the civil engineering company presented the BSA with an audit report whose findings varied significantly from the information provided by a confidential informant.
Unable to resolve the dispute during the audit process, the BSA filed a lawsuit and court proceedings began. Ultimately, however, Taney did reach a settlement with the group, which collected $205,000 in damages from the company.
"It probably would have been cheaper if they had just settled with us in the first place," says Blank.