Belfast firm hit by £33,000 bill for failing to license software

A Belfast-based architecture firm has become the latest to fall foul of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in its on-going crack down on those firms using unlicensed applications. Coogan & Co Limited were caught using unlicensed versions of Microsoft, Autodesk and Adobe software and had to cou

A Belfast-based architecture firm has become the latest to fall foul of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in its on-going crack down on those firms using unlicensed applications.

Coogan & Co Limited were caught using unlicensed versions of Microsoft, Autodesk and Adobe software and had to cough up £15,000 in damages and then fork out a further £18,000 to get the correct licenses.

The case will be used by the BSA as a further warning to users of the risks of not paying attention to licenses.

"The case of Coogan & Co highlights the financial penalties that have to be paid if a business does not have correctly licensed software installed," said Philippe Briere, chair of the BSA UK committee.

"A lot of businesses do not realise that when they purchase software they are actually purchasing a license to use it, not the actual software itself. If a user makes more copies of the software than the license permits, they are acting illegally," he added. 

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