The Software Alliance has settled a copyright breach claim with a Melbourne based recruitment firm for illegal use of Microsoft software.
Under the settlement, the firm paid $11,190 in damages for the unlicensed use of Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise.
In addition to paying $11,190 in damages, the recruitment firm is now required to purchase legitimate software licenses to legalise its ongoing software deployments.
BSA Australia Committee Chair, Clayton Noble, said the recent settlement highlighted the financial risks of using unlicensed, non-genuine software.
"As well as exposing themselves to potential financial penalties, businesses using unlicensed, non-genuine software are also at greater risk of security threats from malware, leaving their systems and data open to threat,” he said.
“The recent BSA Global Software Study revealed ‘security threats’, including access by hackers and loss of data, are the chief reasons computer users around the world cite for avoiding using unlicensed, non-genuine software.
"At BSA, we are committed to helping businesses understand these real risks, and to implement simple software asset management (SAM) steps to ensure they use software legally and minimise security risks.”