Businesses cough up £6m for unlicensed software


Businesses cough up £6m for unlicensed software

Simon Quicke

Businesses across Europe, the Middle East and Africa have paid out £6m this year to settle disputes with the Business Software Alliance.


The BSA has received £435,000 from UK companies in settlements and payments for getting properly licensed in the first half of this year.

Overall, firms across EMEA paid out £2.1m in settlements and £4m in licence costs.

The BSA has pursued a policy of taking legal action against companies that break software licensing laws and accepting settlements from those that are prepared to admit wrongdoing.

"BSA conducts more than 30 legal actions every working day in EMEA," said Sarah Coombes, senior director of legal affairs for the BSA.

"In the current economic conditions I am concerned that so many businesses continue to flout copyright laws by using unlicensed software," she added.

Last month, the BSA landed its biggest settlement so far, when a German company was forced to pay out €1.1m in a combination of damages and licensing costs.

A version of this story originally appeared on MicroScope.

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