Alternative Plastics Pty Ltd and its related company Alternative Plastics Australia Pty Ltd were the defendants in a Federal Magistrates Court action brought by the Business Software Alliance alleging that the companies used unlicensed copies of Autodesk software.
The case has now been settled, with Melbourne-based Alternative Plastics agreeing to pay %$0,000 in damages and to purchase the appropriate number of licences for software it has been using.
The directors of the companies have also settled the matter.
BSA Australia committee chair Clayton Noble said "Cases such as this should remind Australian businesses of the importance of using properly licensed software.
"Aside from the risks associated with getting caught, they're also jeopardising the security of their company's computer systems and data if they don't use validly licensed software receiving important security updates, which can lead to even larger costs."
This time last year, the BSA piloted a scheme intended to make it easier for small businesses to check that they had an appropriate number of software licences.