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Local Sherman Company Agrees to Pay $114,000 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use

WASHINGTON, DC January 21, 2014 –

BSA | The Software Alliance, the leading global advocate for the software industry, today announced a settlement with Sherman-based Royal Case Company, Inc. to settle legal claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft software installed on its computers.  As part of the settlement agreement, Royal Case agreed to pay $114,000 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).

Royal Case Company is an international manufacturer with factories in North America, China and Thailand, specializing primarily in the manufacturing of custom soft-sided carrying cases and bags. 

Pirated software subjects businesses to a variety of unintended consequences. In addition to the financial risks, businesses are exposed to operational difficulties and security threats that can ultimately lead to severely compromised efficiency.

“All businesses need to be certain they have adequate licenses for all software installed on their computers,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s general counsel and senior vice president of anti-piracy.  “The law is quite indisputable.  If you wish to use a product, you must pay for it accordingly.  Unfortunately, many companies often find themselves paying a much higher price down the road through either legal damages or through exposing sensitive company information to the extensive risks that stem from using pirated software. 

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 Verafirm Certified*, a product 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. 

*Verafirm Certified was formerly known as Certification in Standards-based SAM for Organizations (CSS(O))

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