Unlicensed software results in costly payment for Perth company

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Unlicensed software results in costly payment for Perth company

A Perth-based engineering firm has settled a $65,000 case of unlicensed use of software.

As well as paying damages, the business will buy genuine licenses, according to anti-piracy group The Software Alliance (BSA).

Someone tipped-off the BSA that the unnamed firm had been using the software.

The engineering industry has accounted for nearly 34 percent of settlements this year, the BSA reports, with IT, advertising, media and sales and distribution some of the other industries where settlements have occurred.

In August a Queensland business paid $17,500 for unlicensed use of Autodesk AutoCAD and in June the BSA announced a shed company paid $100,000 for unlicensed Autodesk AutoCAD and Microsoft Office.

Clayton Noble, BSA Australia Chair, said: “We urge every Australian business, large or small, to conduct regular checks of its software licenses and deployments, and implement a sound Software Asset Management (SAM) practice."

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