Sarah Coombes
Sarah Coombes is Managing Director, EMEA with the Business Software Alliance, over-seeing the BSA’s anti-piracy efforts in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Before joining the BSA in 2005 to head up the BSA’s legal affairs team in EMEA, Sarah was an IP Litigator at Field Fisher Waterhouse in London, where she was made Partner in 2001. Sarah gained her law degree at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Entries by Sarah Coombes

Closing the Software Compliance Gap

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (13:45)

You would think that the people managing your company's computer network would know what software is installed on it. But, in many cases, that's not the case.

If fact, less than half the world's IT managers say they are very confident that all the software in their organisations is properly...

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Why BYOD Belongs in the Financial Director's In-tray

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (09:36)

From the boardroom to frontline staff, being permitted to 'bring-your-own-device', otherwise known as BYOD, is a growing trend in business.

While it's clearly an IT issue, BYOD is increasingly creeping onto the FD agenda; in part given the implications for procurement and claims from Cisco, among others, that BYOD...

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The Risks of Running on Counterfeit

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (22:06)

Last month the City of London Police announced the genesis of a new specialist cyber-crime unit - which I welcome with open arms. Piracy is a real and persistent problem, in particular computer software piracy. While the internet has transformed society, it also plays to the criminal under-world's preference for...

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Increasing the Use of Legal Software Will Drive Economic Growth

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (11:09)

In the information age, software is an essential tool of production. It generates value for individual businesses and entire economies by boosting productivity and accelerating output. But does it make a difference whether the software is properly licensed or pirated?

A new study conducted by the global business school...

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Unmasking the Hidden Market

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (10:38)

Sarah Coombes, Managing Director, Anti-Piracy, EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance argues that the software industry as a whole is currently being undermined by a a few bad apples who are actively promoting the wrong kinds of software licenses in order to secure a deal.

The Exchequer...

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Since When Was Stealing Software Acceptable?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2012 | (17:23)

The civil damages regime in the UK needs an overhaul to stop software theft harming the economy, innovation and future job creation.

Software piracy in the UK is rife. In fact a consumer survey, commissioned by Business Software Alliance (BSA), found that over a quarter (27%) of personal...

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