Design agency hit by £44,000 costs after being caught out by BSA


Design agency hit by £44,000 costs after being caught out by BSA

Simon Quicke
In it's fight against the use of unlicensed software the Business Software Alliance never seems to take much of a breather between cases and it's latest settlement has landed a London design agency with a £44,000 bill.

The BSA regularly settles with companies caught on the wrong side of the licensing law and Native Design was landed in hot water after using Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec and Autodesk products without proper licenses.

The result is a £24,000 settlement with the BSA and a further £20,000 to get the necessary licenses.

A whistle blower triggered the investigation into Native Design and the BSA continues to encourage people to come forward to point the finger at those using unlicensed software.

Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Member Committee, said that it was upsetting to see a design company, which should be all too aware of the importance of intellectual property, taken other people's IP for granted.

"Given that more than one in four pieces of software is used illegally in the UK, the BSA has to take a hard line against companies that show a disregard for software licensing laws," she said.

"This case is particularly disappointing. A design agency's business is built on Intellectual Property (IP) and yet this company was willing to circumvent other companies' IP. It should have known better and not put its professional reputation on the line," she added.

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