Wholesaler pays for using unlicensed software

Out-Law News | 26 Jan 2006 | 6:41 pm |

A wholesale distributor of CDs, DVDs and video games has agreed to pay £8,000 in an out of court settlement with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) following an investigation into its use of unlicensed Adobe and Microsoft software.

Prism Leisure was reported anonymously to the BSA which offers financial rewards to whistleblowers. The company started over 20 years ago and has become one of the major employers in the Middlesex region.

“Copyright law states that each software program must have a license,” said Siobhan Carroll, Regional Manager Northern Europe at BSA. “As companies become more dependent on IT, it can become harder to manage their software assets – this is why we recommend companies deploy effective software asset management processes.”