Cylinder Head Innovations, a Melbourne-based design and manufacturing company, has been required to pay an undisclosed amount of damages for its use of unlicensed Siemens PLM NX software.
Under the settlement with BSA | The Software Alliance, the company will also have to purchase software licences.
The BSA settled with the directors of Cylinder Head Innovations – they could have been held liable for authorisation of copyright infringement. The directors agreed to install proactive software asset management (SAM) to ensure that all software in use is genuine.
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BSA Australia committee chair Clayton Noble urged businesses not to cut corners with software.
“Some businesses think they can save money by using unlicensed software, but they don't consider the larger financial and reputation risks they are taking,” he said in a statement.
“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 licensed and genuine software."
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