Software Alliance, BSA, has recorded a busy first half for 2016, actioning cases of illegal software use with an estimated value of almost $200,000 to-date.
In the latest case, BSA has settled with a NSW Exhibition Stand Designer and Builder, for the illegal use of software programs Microsoft Office, Autodesk 3ds Max and Adobe Creative Cloud to the value of $50,000.
Each business caught using unlicensed software was required to purchase genuine software licenses for its ongoing use, in addition to paying the copyright infringement damages penalty.
BSA Asia-Pacific senior director, Tarun Sawney, said this year’s results to-date are proof that Australians are still willing to take action against illegal activity.
The company also mentioned that building and manufacturing sectors are responsible for the most illegal software use in Australia for 2016.
Australians remained vigilant in reporting illegal software use in business, with ex-employees reporting businesses in the majority of cases to-date.
“Illegal software use remains a challenge in the manufacturing and building industries across the country.
“A sound Software Asset Management (SAM) program with regular IT audits will ensure that businesses can avoid the damaging consequences of using unlicensed software, including serious cybercrime risks and losses, and get the best return on investment from their software license purchases, including data security by way of product updates and patching,” Sawney said.
BSA is urging businesses across Australia to undertake regular software audits for better IT security and data protection.
In addition, it is also offering up to $20,000 to eligible recipients who disclose accurate information regarding unlawful copying or use of BSA members’ software.