Home Business IT Business Telecommunications Melbourne business settles 'piracy' case for $50,000

A Melbourne company has settled a case brought by the Business Software Alliance on behalf of Autodesk.

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.

"Some businesses think they can save money by pirating software, but they don't consider the larger financial and reputation risks they are taking.

"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.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

 

 

 

 

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