The Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA) has touted one of the first successful outcomes of its recent software scare campaign, with the Federal Court awarding damages of $210,000 against ISP and Web Developer, Logicworld.
The damages against Logicworld, now called Bicon Management, are the largest amount of damages ever claimed in an Australian court for the use of unlicensed software. The BSAA had claimed Logicworld was using 182 unlicensed copies of software products from BSAA's funding partners, Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia and Symantec.
The court also ordered the sole director of Logicworld, Brent McArdle, to pay BSAA's legal costs.
Logicworld has been placed in administration. BSAA Chairman Jim Macnamara said the BSAA will still be pursuing damages. Macnamara said the recent "software truce" campaign brought in a significant amount of reports of illegal software use (over 140). Several more legal campaigns are around the corner.
Meanwhile the American parent body of the BSAA - BSA - has begun conducting a similar marketing campaign, reporting a positive effect on sales of BSA member's software products.