WASHINGTON – May 14, 2013 –
BSA | The Software Alliance,the leading global advocate for the software industry, today announced a settlement with Sunetric, a Hawaii-based solar integrator, for $115,000 to settle legal claims that it had unlicensed copies of Apple, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Symantec software installed on its computers.
As part of the settlement, and without the admission of any liability, Sunetric agreed if necessary to delete all unlicensed software from its computers, acquire any licenses necessary to become fully compliant, and take measures to ensure its future compliance, one of the foundational principles of proper software asset management (SAM).
”Sunetric determined that it was in its best interests to timely settle this matter without the admission of liability in order to avoid the costs of allocating the necessary resources to conduct and substantiate a proper audit of its software,” said a spokesperson of the company.
The use of unlicensed software can expose companies to many unexpected risks from legal fines to criminal penalties. The consequences are not just financial; pirated software exposes consumers and businesses to security threats including malware and viruses that ultimately lead to decreased efficiencies in organizations. The consequences of violating software license agreements also have an economic impact, as it effectively denies software copyright owners their rights to compensation for their work.
Pirated software opens businesses to a slew of both legal and security risks that often cost more than buying genuine software,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s general counsel and senior vice president of anti-piracy. “The harmful effects of piracy extend outside the company – software theft has a steep impact on the economy as well, as innovators and companies are hampered from creating new jobs and advancing further developments in technology.”
Through its programs, BSA works to protect its members’ rights, promote fair competition through lawful software use and offer anti-piracy solutions to help organizations reduce legal and security risks while driving business value. BSA’s SAM Advantage is a state-of-the-art training course and certification program for IT managers that teaches the necessary skills for effective software management. BSA also offers Certified in Standards-based SAM for Organizations, or CSS(O), a product currently in pilot, that independently verifies whether an organization’s SAM processes align with the ISO SAM standard and are ultimately license compliant.
Through its online reporting form www.nopiracy.org and its anti-piracy hotline, 1-888-NO-PIRACY, BSA receives voluntary tips and investigates hundreds of software copyright infringement cases per year in the United States alone. All reports are kept confidential.