Two small Tasmanian businesses forked out a total of $25,000 this week as the Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA) continues its pursuit of illegal software users.
Crank Media, a Hobart-based design firm, agreed to pay BSAA members $10,000 in costs and damages for infringement of software licences, while ICS Multimedia, also based in Hobart, settled for $15,000 for using illegal software.
The BSAA has commended both companies for their efforts in cleaning up their illegal software use since being discovered, but has noted the companies would have been better off if they'd taken steps to monitor their software as an integral part of their business operations.
"Crank Media and ICS Multimedia are both small businesses with less than 10 employees, but they use computer software to run their business and earn their income, so it is not acceptable that they have not purchased licensed software," said Jim Macnamara, chairman of the BSAA.
"They have paid a price for acting illegally."
On April 8, the BSAA will launch its 2002 campaign: No Business Too Small. The campaign will focus on small businesses Australia-wide that may be inadvertently using illegal software in their businesses.