The Business Software Alliance (BSA) Australia has settled a case with Melbourne-based manufacturer, Alternative Plastics (and related company, Alternative Plastics Australia) for their use of unlicensed software programs owned by BSA member, Autodesk.
BSA, acting on behalf of Autodesk, commenced proceedings in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia on April 17 this year.
Under the settlement, Alternative Plastics will pay $50,000 for copyright infringement. It will also be required to purchase legitimate software licences to legalise its software deployments.
The BSA has also settled with the directors of the manufacturer, who could have been held personally liable for authorisation of the copyright infringement.
“Cases such as this should remind Australian businesses of the importance of using properly licensed software,” BSA Australia Committee Chair, Clayton Noble, said. “Some businesses think they can save money by pirating software, but they don’t consider the larger financial and reputation risks they are taking.
Noble added that security is also a concern, as unlicensed software does not have access to critical security updates.
In its most recent ‘Global Software Piracy’ study, the BSA found that the commercial value of pirated software in Australia has grown considerably, sitting at $US763 for new unlicensed software installations in 2011.
The BSA said that a key issue is education, as many businesses remain unaware of the consequences of utilising unlicensed software, nor the benefits of implementing thorough software asset management procedures to ensure compliance.