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BSA announces settlements and files court order as part of on-going fight to protect IP rights

Simon Quicke

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has continued to keep the pressure on those failing to use legal software after announcing a handful of successful cases in its fight against unlicensed products.

Three of the cases have ended up being settled and a further one looks as if it could go to court as it pursues users that have failed to use licensed software.

In one of the cases a six-figure settlement was reached with a northern-based travel company after it was found to be using unlicensed versions of Microsoft software. On top of the settlement the company has spent a further £100,000 buying legitimate software.

Settlements have also been agreed with Procurasell, a company developing recyclable packaging, and with online marketing group, Webevents Ltd.

The BSA has also filed an application for a court order against Philips Collection Services, a debt recovery agency from Durham, which is alleged to have been using unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Adobe software on approximately 100 PCs.

"Not only do the settlements take significant chunks out of the companies' profit margins, they also send negative messages to staff and customers that these firms are willing to resort to unscrupulous measures to save money," said Najeeb Khan, Vice Chair of the BSA's UK country committee.

He added that the latest cases should act as an example to the rest of the market and indicate that the industry took the protection of intellectual property rights.

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