The Press Newspaper
An Elmore company has agreed to pay $15,000 to the Business Software Alliance to settle a claim it had been using unlicensed software.
The BSA announced the settlement last week with Machining Technologies, calling it a “compromise and settlement of disputed claims” the company had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Autodesk, CNC/Mastercam, and Microsoft software installed on its computers.
According to the BSA, the company agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from its computers and to acquire any licenses needed to comply with software regulations.
The agreement, including the payment, doesn’t constitute an admission of liability, the parties said.
The BSA said it was alerted to the use of unlicensed software through a confidential report filed on its website: nopiracy.org.
Amanda Moss, a spokesperson for the BSA, said no charges were filed against the Machining Technologies.
“As a technology company, my client recognizes the importance of using licensed software – both for the health of the technology economy and safety of its Information Technology systems,” said Corby Bell, an attorney who represented Machining Technologies. “My client is committed to ensure its software is fully and properly licensed and that it has effective software asset management practices in place.
According to the company’s website, Machining Technologies was established in 1983 and specializes in precision grinding of tungsten carbide wear materials.
It primarily serves the high-pressure paint industry and oil well pumping business.
In 2007, the BSA released a study which showed in Ohio software piracy cost software vendors an estimated $447 million.
Lost revenues to software distributors and service providers cost an additional $1.2 billion.
In 2010, the commercial value of pirated software in the U.S. reached $9.5 billion, according to the BSA.
“It is important businesses understand the risks associated with using unauthorized software on any computer,” said Jodie Kelley, the BSA’s vice president of anti-piracy and general counsel. “Not only do organizations face possible legal trouble for employing pirated software, there are also tremendous security and economic consequences involved.”
The BSA is an association of about 100 companies.