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Nail 'em... I'd do it for free.!.

By dawgit ·
see: At what price would you abandon your boss's loyalty?
at: [ http://techrepublic.com.com/5254-6257-0.html?forumID=99&threadID=180385&messageID=2003068&id=598322 ] the BLOG from: Sonja Thompson.
Any boss that will cheat, will cheat you too. No mercy. Nail 'em. Before he takes you down, with the whole organization. And yes, I'd do for free. And not think twice about it either.
But, that's just the way I am. Any one else want to add to that? I'm curious now just how other people would react. -d

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Nail 'em!

by OnTheRopes In reply to Nail 'em... I'd do it for ...

I saw this posted someplace else and my first thought was ?you mean you have to offer cash for that??
The DOJ will assign an individual a number to report crime anonomously too. Use a payphone.

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That will work...

by dawgit In reply to Nail 'em!

The Tech-Rep should have that # somewhere.... How about guys?

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More info

by OnTheRopes In reply to That will work...

In talking with the DOJ today I found that they refer all software theft computer crimes to local FBI field offices for investigation.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous CAN do so via store-bought calling card and pay phone. It's also not really necessary. It's easier to be right upfront about everything. They're likely to ask dozens of questions so be prepared to provide detailed information and take notes.

I don't know what it's like to deal with the FBI but contact with the U.S. Department of Treasury on a couple of non-tech issues has proven to be very satisfying.

edited for clarity re: software theft

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If I did that...

by ObiWayneKenobi In reply to Nail 'em... I'd do it for ...

It'd seem likely that I would *never* hold down a job. Every single company I have ever worked for (all of them small businesses, though) have pirated software to some degree, because management was unwilling to spend the money for the real thing.

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Spirit versus letter

by JamesRL In reply to Nail 'em... I'd do it for ...

I work for a software company, so we feel it is incombent upon us to have zero tolerence for software theft, whether it is ours or someone else's software.

Everyone must sign a document acknowledging the policy and the potential to be fired for it.

Would I rat out my boss if I thought he was "trying" before he bought? Probably not. We have also had cases where we install once a PO has been signed.

If I thought on the other hand he hand no intention of buying (stealing in other words) or if it went on anyone else's computer but his own, I'd be reporting to the internal auditor for software compliance. With our customers we never install unlicensed software as it could violate our agreements with the vendors. We have discovered what could be illegal copies of software in the course of support, and we give the customer a deadline to become compliant.

James

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That's reasonable

by OnTheRopes In reply to Spirit versus letter

Have you ever had a customer who remained non-compliant after the deadline? If so, how did you handle it?

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No

by JamesRL In reply to That's reasonable

They know we will shut down their software (including ours) if they remain stubborn.

James

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I've kind of been there

by jdmercha In reply to Nail 'em... I'd do it for ...

In my case I didn't report him. He already had the IRS on his tail. I just left before he brought me down with him.

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What about when?

by TheChas In reply to Nail 'em... I'd do it for ...

What about when the cheater is the owner of the company, and he has been cheating everybody for the entire history of the company?

Did I mention that he is proud of his "tough business practices".

See's what he does as the proper way to "negotiate" with customers and suppliers alike.

Keeps himself just enough out of the details to be responsible but not indictable.

Not to mention that he is well connected with the local courts and law enforcement.

Not to imply that the owner of the company I used to work for (over 5 years ago) does not deserve to go down. He just is smart enough to cover his tracks and gets rid of anyone who even looks like they are finding the skeletons.

It just isn't always easy, or possible to take a crooked boss down.

If the boss is well entrenched at the company, or their actions are part of the upper management culture of the firm, your best option is to exit gracefully and find a job where the company follows a code of ethics similar to your own.

Chas

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Where's Tonto Today?

by dotxen In reply to Nail 'em... I'd do it for ...
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