A tip-off received by the BSA Software Alliance in March 2012 has reached a settlement, with a Perth-based engineering company to face a penalty for its unlicensed use of Autodesk software.
The unnamed company has been ordered to pay $65,000 as part of the settlement, and will also move to purchase genuine software licenses for its ongoing use of the software.
BSA Australia chair, Clayton Noble, said this case marked a failure to adequately manage software assets for legal compliance.
“Software is a key productivity asset for engineering businesses and as such unlicensed software carries substantial risks, not limited to malware or financial risks,” he said.
“We urge every Australian business, large or small, to conduct regular checks of its software licenses and deployments, and implement a sound Software Asset Management (SAM) practice. This is the best way to ensure your business is not at risk of using unlicensed software.”
According to the BSA, the engineering industry has accounted for almost 34 per cent of all settlements for the illegal use of software in 2014, with the remaining spread across a variety of industries, including IT, advertising, media and sales and distribution.
In 2012 when the Perth company was first reported to be using Autodesk illegally, engineering represented more than half of all settlements.
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.
Last month, BSA reached a settlement for $17,500 with Townsville-based Wulguru Steel for the latter’s illegal use of Autodesk AutoCAD.
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In February, the BSA revealed it settled a record 16 cases in 2013, resulting in infringement damages of $536,050, a 20 per cent increase on the year prior.