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Yorkshire manufacturing firm latest to be hit by BSA

Simon Quicke

Yorkshire-based manufacturing firm Plas-tech Thermoforming Limited has become the latest to be hit by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for using unlicensed software.

Plast-tech Thermoforming had to pay out a settlement of £11,500, which includes costs and the purchasing of the necessary software licenses, to get itself back on the right side of the law.

This marks the latest in a string of settlements that the BSA has made this year with firms across all industry sectors, with increasing numbers being found guilty after tip-offs from whistleblowers.

Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Committee, said that the case highlighted the need for companies to be vigilant about their software estate.

"In this current economic climate, businesses cannot afford to take unnecessary risks with their software licensing which could lead to more harm than good," she said.

The BSA has been busy throughout 2010 bringing to book those that have failed to respect intellectual property each time using the cases as a warning to those that are cutting corners with their software payments.

In the most recent case, Glasgow-based travel agency Barrhead Travel Services Limited was caught using unlicensed copies of Adobe software and had to pay out £10,000 which includes a settlement as well as the cost of paying for the required licenses.


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