York firm latest to be caught out by BSA


York firm latest to be caught out by BSA

Simon Quicke

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has caught out another business that failed to pay for its software landing the York-based Salamander Organisation with a settlement that will set it back £29,000.

The BSA has kept the pressure on users that fail to have the correct licenses for their software with a string of settlements over the past couple of years as it continues to fight against piracy and to protect industry revenues.

The latest case was highlighted to the BSA after an anonymous complaint that was followed up with a software audit, which saw costs for both fees and the payment for the necessary licenses.

Yorkshire is currently the focus of a BSA campaign to inform local businesses about the need to have the correct licences with 1,500 firms contacted as part of the efforts to ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Committee, said that businesses had to be aware that action would be taken against them if they were unlicensed.

"The abuse of intellectual property rights is a serious offence, and will not be accepted. Settlements such as this can seriously damage a company's reputation if they are caught out and can be costly. Only last year, the total cost to businesses in the UK using unlicensed software was over £2 million, more than double that incurred in 2009," she said.

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