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Aberness Foods subsidiary AR Gray has agreed an out-of-court settlement with the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) after the company was found to be using illegal copies of software. The settlement involves £8,000 in punitive damages, to be paid to software developer Open Access, plus a £12,000 purchase of new, legal applications. Contrite AR Gray IT manager Bob Hart said he was glad the affair was over and had been settled amicably. FAST accepted AR Gray's contention that it had used the illegal software unwittingly, but FAST CEO Geoff Webster sounded a warning for other firms. "If companies are found to be using illegal software and are not willing to rectify the situation in a satisfactory manner, FAST will not hesitate in taking court action," he said. ® Click for more stories

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