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Cylinder to pay damages for illegal software use

Cylinder to pay damages for illegal software use

Cylinder Head Innovations will pay an undisclosed amount in damages for its unlicensed use of Siemens' NX software.

Cylinder Head Innovations is set to pay damages to Siemens PLM software after the Melbourne based design and manufacturing firm settled a case for the illegal use of software.

Under the settlement, brokered by The Software Alliance (BSA), the company will pay an undisclosed sum of money in damages for unlicensed use of Siemens' NX software.

In addition, Cylinder Head Innovations is required to now purchase legitimate software licenses to legalise its ongoing software deployments.

BSA has also settled with the directors of the company, who could have been held personally liable for authorisation of copyright infringement.

Discussions with Cylinder Head Innovations commenced on May 31.

BSA Australia Committee Chair, Clayton Noble, said the case served as a reminder of the importance of using properly licensed software.

"Some businesses think they can save money by using unlicensed software, but they don’t consider the larger financial and reputational risks they are taking," he said.

"Aside from the risks associated with getting caught, they’re also jeopardising the security of their company’s computer systems and data if they don’t use licensed and genuine software.

“BSA commends Cylinder Head Innovations for agreeing to take proactive software asset management (SAM) measures in the future to ensure that all software in use is genuine and licensed,” concluded Noble.

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