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A Leicester-based medical training supplies firm is the latest to fall foul of software licensing laws and to find itself having to shell out to settle with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and get itself legal.
OCB Media Limited was caught out under-licensing Microsoft and Adobe software, agreeing a £7,800 settlement with the BSA and then having to fork out £11,500 to get the necessary licenses.
The combined costs of £19,000 should act as a warning, said Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK Committee.
"Not only do settlements like this have a significant impact on the bottom line of a business, they can also damage a company's reputation if they are caught out. The abuse of intellectual property rights is a serious offence and we want to make it clear that the use of unlicensed software will not be accepted," she said.
The BSA has been encouraging firms to use software asset management (SAM) to not only ensure they are paying the right level for licensing but also to avoid incurring unnecessary costs.