BSA settles $118,000 illegal software case

BSA received a tip that Planning and Design was using unlicensed AutoCAD and Adobe software

The Software Alliance (BSA) has settled a case with a Victorian-based architectural drafting business, after handing out $118,000 fine for using a number of unlicensed software programs.

The BSA received a tip from an informant regarding Planning and Design’s illegal use of software since 2009. The software included Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat as well as several versions of Autodesk AutoCAD software products.

BSA Australia chairman, Clayton Noble, said operating properly licensed, fully functioning software was imperative for businesses particularly due to the intellectual property created within the architectural and design sectors.

“We have consistently found businesses in these industries using non-genuine and unlicensed software,” Noble said.

“This case highlights the financial risk businesses take by using unlicensed software. It’s also important to recognise the underlying IT security risks these businesses are also taking, such as security threats from malware, leaving systems and data open to threat, which can impair productivity and cause loss of important work.”

BSA recommends that local businesses of all sizes undertake regular checks of their software licenses and deployments, and implement a sound Software Asset Management (SAM) practice.