Feeds

UK.biz fined £1.8m for illegal software - BSA

Five year enforcement plan

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

UK companies paid out £1.8m ($3.34m) in fines over the last five years in settlements for illegal software use, the Business Software Alliance reports. As well as paying fines, firms caught using unlicensed software were obliged to cough up an undisclosed amount to put their software assets in order.

The BSA routinely blames illegal software use in business on ineffective software asset management; but a willingness among some firms to cut corners is also part of the problem.

"This is not about accidental breaches in software compliance,” said Graham Arthur, legal counsel for the BSA. "Many of the companies that settled with the BSA last year had conducted software audits and knew they were under licensed, but didn’t go the next step and legalise."

According to July 2004 IDC survey, 29 per cent of software in the UK is illegal. A 2003 study, which excluded consumer software, found 26 per cent of business software was improperly licensed. The BSA reckons unlicensed business software is the greatest cause of lost revenue for developers.

The BSA said it would rather work with companies on compliance than use enforcement, But it will continue to use legal sanctions "as long as the piracy problem exists". Settlement funds received by the BSA are reinvested back into BSA programmes, such as its Annual Software Audit Return campaign, due to be re-launched sometime this year. ®

Related stories

Software pirates cost $9.7bn in Europe - BSA
Ethical fair trade - you knew it made sense until MS embraced it
Cut software piracy and jumpstart stagnant economies
London Bridge Software fined for using unlicensed software
BSA raises grass ceiling to £20K
11 charged over 'biggest-ever' MS piracy bust

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.