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Whistleblower costs AutoTrader $400k for unlicensed software

AutoTrader, the online marketplace for motor vehicles, has paid $400,000 to settle claims of using unlicensed copies of Adobe, Autodesk, Corel and Quest software installed on its computers.

The case was brought by the Business Software Alliance. The settlement followed a whistleblower's report made on its website www.nopiracy.org, which offers rewards of up to $1m.

AutoTrader agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from its computers, acquire any licenses necessary to become compliant and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices.

AutoTrader's Bob Hadley said the company had grown from 10 employees to more than 2,000 in 12 years. "We believe our employees have the utmost integrity when it comes to these matters, and this audit brought to light the importance of having procedures in place to make sure all software purchases and licences can be accounted for in accordance with BSA policies," he said.


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