The BSA Software Alliance has settled with Townsville’s Wulguru Steel for the unlicensed use of Autodesk software.
The steel fabrication company has been ordered to pay $17,500 in damages for the illegal use of AutoCAD, and must also purchase legitimate licenses to legalise ongoing software deployments.
Commenting on the settlement, BSA Australia committee chair, Clayton Noble, said, “It’s just not worth taking the risk of using software without licenses.”
“Businesses risk the security and integrity of their computer systems and data if they use unlicensed, non-genuine software.”
The BSA is using the Wulguru case as a reminder to organisations for regular software audits.
“We encourage all businesses to review and acquire software licenses, as required to keep their software deployments legal. Sound software asset management (SAM) checks, undertaken as part of regular IT audits, will ensure that your business can avoid the pitfalls of using unlicensed software and get the best return on investment from their software licenses purchases.”
The Wulguru case follows a recent breach by a Melbourne-based recruitment firm which was found to be using unlicensed Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise software.
The firm was fined $11,190 in damages, and like Wulguru, was required to purchase legitimate software.
BSA is an anti-piracy advocacy comprised of major technology players including the likes of Adobe, Apple, CA Technologies, Dell, IBM, and Intel, among others. Its goal is to promote legal use of technology.Read more: OSIA backs end to software patents