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BSA stings Glasgow firm

Simon Quicke

The first Glaswegian scalp in the month-long campaign running in the city against anti-piracy has produced another payout for the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The BSA launched a campaign targeting the Scottish city for November in an attempt to reduce counterfeit in the third worst offending location in Britain (MicroScope 5 November).

Marketing services company Equator Scotland had discrepancies in its licensing around products from Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec and agreed to pay £18,000 to the BSA as part of its settlement.

The issue emerged after Equator was called on to carry out an internal audit. A spokesman said it would change its software practices.

In a statement Sarah Coombes, director of legal affairs at the BSA, said businesses should carry out internal audits to ensure they stayed on the right side of the law in regards to intellectual property.

One source said that, compared to other groups trying to encourage the use of genuine software, the BSA came across as being heavy-handed and happy to resort to legal means to get an issue resolved.

Along with the activities of the BSA in Glasgow, the Federation Against Software Theft has recently been active in Cardiff and Microsoft continues its national Feet on the Street campaign.

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