Unlicensed software costs grandstand seating firm £11,000

A grandstand seating company has become the latest to be caught out using unlicensed software and forced to settle and shell out for the correct licenses with the Business Software Alliance to the tune of £11,000.

A grandstand seating company has become the latest to be caught out using unlicensed software and forced to settle and shell out for the correct licenses with the Business Software Alliance to the tune of £11,000.

As a result of an anonymous whistleblower Worcestershire-based Slick Seating Systems was caught by the BSA after an audit exposed the use of unlicensed software.

The BSA has been acitively encouraging whistle blowing to expose those firms that are trying to cut corners by not paying for their software and the latest case is yet another example of the risks of that policy.

"Slick Seating Systems Limited was very cooperative throughout the settlement process, but this case highlights the penalties that have to be paid if a business does not make software licensing a priority," said Philippe Briѐre, chair, BSA UK Committee.

"Unfortunately, businesses continually fall into the trap of thinking that cutting corners on software will save them money. In fact, the opposite is often true," he added.

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