From the Wires
BSA Settles Lawsuit Against Nevada-Based Engineering Company for $205,000
By: PR Newswire
Mar. 31, 2009 12:28 PM
The settlement of the lawsuit included the payment of damages to the BSA in the amount of
BSA, on behalf of Autodesk, first contacted Taney Engineering after receiving information from a confidential source that the organization was allegedly using unauthorized copies of Autodesk software. BSA requested that Taney Engineering voluntarily perform an internal audit and provide those results to BSA for review. However, the results of the audit varied significantly from the data provided by the confidential source. Thus, the parties were unable to come to a resolution which ultimately resulted in the lawsuit. Taney Engineering was represented by
"Our audit program is designed to be cooperative and our first step is to work towards an amicable resolution. We contact companies and invite them to work with us through our audit program," said
Know it / Report it / Reward it
Under BSA's "Know it, Report it, Reward it" program, individuals who provide qualified reports of software piracy are eligible to receive up to
In 2008 BSA conducted a study (www.bsa.org/statestudy) that revealed
Under US copyright laws, software piracy can result in fines of up to
BSA works with businesses to help ensure that their company isn't at risk for financial, technical, and legal risks associated with illegal software. In addition to resources provided on www.bsa.org, BSA is working with the US Small Business Administration to help small businesses develop smart strategies to manage their software. Through the partnership, BSA will educate up to 100,000 small businesses on software licenses, copyright laws, tips on how to purchase safe and legal software online, and how to develop a Software Asset Management program.
Businesses trying to determine whether their organizations are using unlicensed software can download the free software audit tools at www.bsaaudit.com.
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CNC Software/Mastercam, Corel, CyberLink, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation, Embarcadero, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, Quark, Quest Software,
SOURCE Business Software Alliance
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