software piracy bill

Businesses Pay £6.5 Million Software Piracy Bill

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has today announced that legal action against companies using unlicensed software has cost businesses in EMEA £6.5 million in the first six months of 2010. More than £2.5 million was paid out in settlement fees and a further £4 million was used to purchase business-critical software to ensure companies were legally compliant. In the UK alone, the total cost to businesses reached more than £2 million. “The BSA conducted more than 1,000 legal actions in the first half of this year in EMEA,” said Sarah Coombes, Senior Director, Legal Affairs EMEA, for the Business Software Alliance. “One company’s use of unlicensed software was so extensive that a settlement of nearly £200,000 was agreed. In the current economic climate, businesses should not run the risk ... »