Colleges caught using unlicensed software by BSA


Colleges caught using unlicensed software by BSA

Simon Quicke

The spotlight on unlicensed software has been cast over the education sector with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) settling with a couple of institutions caught on the wrong side of the licensing law.

Norwich-based Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group was hit by a £40,000 for illegal software use and Bickenhall College of Computing also paid out a four figure settlement.

Kingswood Learning and Leisure was caught out using unlicensed copies of Adobe and Microsoft products and the Bickenhall college was also using Adobe and some Autodesk without paying the proper fees.

"Educational establishments have the same responsibilities as any other business to operate legally and have the correct software licenses, setting a good example for others to follow," said Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Committee.

She pointed out that the money spent on settling with the BSA could have been spent on other much needed facilities and would join the other recent examples as warnings to those prepared to take risks to cut costs.

"Businesses need to be aware of the threats posed by unlicensed software. The £40,000 settlement from the Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group should be a timely reminder for other businesses to check their licenses are up to date," she said.

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