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BSA hits London education consultant with £80,000 settlement

Simon Quicke

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has ended the year with one of its largest settlements of the year after it caught out a London education consultant firm using unlicensed software.

Quacquarelli Symonds Consulting Limited has been hit by a settlement and costs of purchasing legal software that totals £80,000 after it was discovered using unlicensed Adobe applications.

A settlement of £40,000 was added to with a bill of the same amount to get not just Adobe software but 100 copies of Microsoft Office 2010.

The settlement is one of the largest the BSA has recorded this year and highlights the ongoing costs to those companies that choose to risk using software they try to get out of paying for.

"The case highlights the significant financial penalties that have to be paid if a business does not have correctly licensed software installed," said Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK committee.

"In order to stay legal, we urge all companies to prioritise their software management. Knowing what software they have and where it is deployed means companies and use it more efficiently and perhaps even save money by avoiding having more licenses than needed," she added.

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