Indicating that despite the season of goodwill to all men being almost upon us that it will not relax its hunt for users of counterfeit products the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has announced settlements against three companies.
Settlements of more than £35,000 have been reached with companies operating in the recycling services, design and manufacturing and property management arenas.
Droylsden-based G.I Hadfield & Son Limited was caught using unlicensed software as was Street CraneXpress Ltd in Sheffield and Atlas Management Corporation Ltd in London.
Julie Strawson, chair of the BSA’s UK Country Committee, said that the financial settlements undermined any efforts that the companies had been making to save money by using illegal software.
“Not only do settlements financially impact a business, they also send negative messages to staff and customers that these firms are willing to resort to unscrupulous measures to save money,” she said.
The BSA, along with the Federation Against Software Theft and Microsoft, has been actively pursuing users of unlicensed software holding activities in Manchester to educate companies as well as resorting to legal action on a regular basis over 2008.