Victorian IT firm settles $72,000 case with BSA

Business must pay damages for use of unlicensed Adobe, Microsoft products

A Victoria IT company has paid $72,000 in damages to BSA | The Software Alliance after it was found using unlicensed Adobe and Microsoft software programs.

The company,which was not be named by the BSA, has also agreed to purchase legitimate licences of the software to legalise its ongoing software deployments.

According to BSA stats from 2014, software piracy cases were settled with manufacturing firms (20 per cent), sales/distribution (17 per cent) real estate (6 per cent), IT (2 per cent), media (4 per cent), recruitment (2 per cent) and education/training organisations (2 per cent).

BSA Asia Pacific senior director for compliance programs, Roland Chan, said it continues to see incidences of unlicensed software use in the IT industry where there should be a “greater appreciation” for intellectual property rights and an understanding of the risks involved.

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