Copyright remedies can hurt. A copyright owner can force an infringer to pay damages equal to lost licensing fees and profits derived from infringing activities, or it can opt for an award of statutory damages up to $150,000 per copyrighted work, if the infringement is found to be willful. For many businesses, though, much worse than any of that is the threat of an injunction barring use of a software product, or, outside the context of litigation, simply the loss of a license for software deployed for business-critical purposes. If, for example, your business depends on IBM operating systems, middleware (like WebSphere) and database software (like DB2 or Informix) to deliver your products and services to customers, your loss of licensing for that software can cause a severe disruption to your business, if not the end of your business altogether. IBM in particular knows this, and it will not hesitate to use this fact as leverage in the event of an audit.