WASHINTON–The Business Software Alliance, a global organizaion representing commercial software developers, said its third annual BSA software piracy sweep netted $3.1 million in recoveries.

Targeted states included North Carolina and Georgia.

Others were:

Alabama, California, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Bob Kruger, BSA VP of enforcement said, “This year’s record settlement dollar amount confirms that software piracy continues to be a problem.”

?While the U.S. piracy rate is gradually declining, BSA is continuing Sweeps to remind businesses that software piracy has serious legal and financial consequences,” said Kruger “BSA has a multitude of resources to help organizations check their licenses and become compliant.”