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The hunt for users of unlicensed software has stepped over the Irish Sea with a County Londonderry-based medical equipment supplier being slapped on the knuckles and hit for a settlement and additional software costs totaling £12,000.
The latest case from the Business Software Alliance put Armstrong Medical Ltd under the spotlight for using unlicensed software and as a result it settled with the BSA and bought licenses to make sure it was compliant.
"Although Armstrong Medical Limited was very cooperative throughout the settlement process, this case highlights the financial penalties that have to be paid if a business does not have correctly licensed software installed," says Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Committee.
She said that settlement costs were only one of the risks being taken by those using illegal software and as well as costing the UK economy jobs it also puts firms in a position of danger.
"Unlicensed software will often not benefit from the services, support and upgrades that are provided by software publishers and that help protect against security vulnerabilities. This could expose a company to data loss, file corruption and downtime - all of which could harm the bottom-line of any company, big or small. Using unlicensed software is a false economy."