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Web designers admit to using unlicensed software

Simon Quicke

Those looking for places to carry out software audits might well want to take a closer look at the web design community.

With the likes of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST IiS) looking to prevent the spread of unlicensed software the findings of a Fasthosts survey might make disturbing reading.

According to a poll of web designers half of those quizzed admitted to working in an environment where unlicensed web design software was being used with the suspicion being that the decision had been made by bosses to avoid fees to save money.

Steve Holford, CMO of Fasthosts Internet, said that the consequences of using unlicensed software, often downloaded from the web, were potentially serious with bugs and viruses coming in to the corporate network via the dodgy software.

"Great web projects can often rely on the latest software and at times businesses may be tempted to cut corners with their software licenses.  Web designers should not struggle with sub-standard software or more importantly jeopardise their future by using illegal software," he said.

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