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The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has snared a Stoke-based insurance firm in its legal net as part of its ongoing drive to crack down on those outfits using unlicensed software.
Autonet Insurance Services Limited has settled with the BSA after being caught using unlicensed software following an audit and paid out £3,000 and had costs of implementing measures to ensure it stayed on the right side of the law.
There have been a fairly regular stream of settlements announced by the BSA this year as firms across the country continue to get caught out after audits or in some cases as a result of whistle blowing by those determined to highlight wrong doing.
"Businesses must be aware that enforcement action will be taken against any company found using unlicensed software. The financial penalties could far exceed the initial outlay of buying licensed software, a burden businesses can ill-afford to bear in the current economic climate," said Phillipe Briere, chair of the BSA UK Committee.
Julian Swan, director, compliance marketing EMEA at the BSA, added that although the use of unlicensed software was not always deliberate it did result from poor management.
"The use of unlicensed software is not always deliberate and mistakes tend to happen when a company's management perceives software licensing as an IT problem, without recognising that failure to manage software properly could expose their company to legal redress, not to mention operational failure," he said.