The Software Alliance (BSA) says the (unnamed) company, in addition to paying the damages, has also agreed to purchase legitimate licenses of the infringing software to legalise its ongoing software deployments.
In a statement about concerns over the use of unlicensed software by organisations, Roland Chan describes cybercrime and the weakened security of unlicensed software as a “dangerous combination.”
“We can no longer look the other way as unlicensed software creates a dangerous environment for data security and electronic transactions. The consequences of cybercrime are immediate and irreversible.
“I would encourage all organisations to adopt a robust software asset management (SAM) process which will not only mitigate cybersecurity risks, but also enable them to extract the maximum benefit from their investments in information technology.
“Earlier this year, in the release of our 2014 case review, there were a few cases cited which involved the IT industry. Yet, we continue to see incidences of unlicensed software use in the very industry where there should be a greater appreciation for intellectual property rights, and an understanding of the risks involved.”