The Business Software Alliance has increased the potential reward for reporting software piracy in London from £10,000 to £20,000 until the end of the year.

Announced alongside research that revealed that 70 per cent of London workers are willing to shop their bosses for improper business practices, and one in five would be even more willing to report their management for extra cash in the run up to Christmas, a new campaign is targeted to reach over three million people in the capital.

Alyna Cope, spokesperson for the BSA UK Committee, said: “Many cash-strapped employees are willing to supplement their earnings in the run up to Christmas by reporting illegal business practices, and the affects of the recession are making them even more likely to expose corporate wrongdoings.

“Nearly half of those we surveyed also think their company should face legal action for using illegal software. London businesses should take note and make every effort to ensure that their software licensing is up-to-date.

“We are already investigating several companies in London for using unlicensed software, and they face the prospect of legal proceedings. Businesses should think carefully about their software use and avoid wasting money on legal action, financial settlements and the unplanned purchase of legitimate software.”