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Labelling firm latest to be named and shamed by BSA

Simon Quicke

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has kept its legal department busy with another large settlement with a firm caught out using unlicensed Microsoft software.

Flintshire-based firm System Labelling Limited was forced to fork out £24,800 in a combination of settlement feeds and the cost of purchasing the legal copies of Microsoft Office.

The case against System Labelling is the second in as many weeks after the BSA kicked off the year showing its appetite for catching out those not paying for their software has not diminished.

Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Committee, said that cutting corners not paying for software was a "false economy" and the latest case would be added to the long list of examples it hoped would encourage firms to keep on the right side of the law.

"Most businesses cannot afford unplanned financial costs like this, which often far exceed the initial outlay of licensed software," she said.

Julian Swan, director, compliance marketing EMEA at BSA, said that one of the possible problems was the way some companies treated software purchasing.

"Unlicensed software use can occur when a company's management regard software licensing only as an IT problem, not recognising that failure to manage their software as a business asset could expose their company to legal redress and operational failure," he said.


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