The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has settled with a Liverpool-based man that had been suspected of selling illegal software online.
The case first came to light last October when the BSA started an investigation into John Rothwell, who allegedly sold its investigators multiple pirated copies of design software with a total retail value upwards of £2,000 for around £29.
Rothwell settled with the BSA for £5,000 in damages concluding a legal procedure that was kicked off when the lawsuit was filed last autumn.
The BSA had discovered that iOffer.com, where Rothwell was a seller, was selling illegal products including copies of Adobe, Avid, CorelDRAW and Microsoft Office 2007.
The website billed itself as a ‘trading community’ providing an ‘alternative to frenetic and hyper-competitive web marketplaces’.
But since the lawsuit was filed Rothwell ceased trading in illegal software and has now come to an agreement with the BSA.
Julie Strawson, chair of the BSA UK member committee, said that although the action against Rothwell might not have seemed to be serious it did have an impact on legal competitors.
“We hope an important message has been conveyed: if you’re purchasing software over the Internet and the price looks too good to be true, it probably is – there is a strong chance the product could be pirated,” she said.
“If you are selling unlicensed software over the Internet, think about the effects and remember – you are not anonymous and you will get caught,” she added.