WASHINGTON, DC — March 11, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance, the leading global advocate for the software industry, today announced a settlement with Driscoll Automotive Group of State College, PA to settle legal claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec software installed on its computers. As part of the settlement agreement, Driscoll Automotive Group agreed to pay $107,539, 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).
Driscoll Automotive Group is a regional car dealership company specializing in the sale of new and used vehicles.
According to Jodie Kelley, BSA’s general counsel and senior vice president of anti-piracy, “Pirated software subjects businesses to financial risks, operational difficulties and security threats that can ultimately lead to severely compromised efficiency. Software piracy does not just affect the offending business – it carries widespread economic consequences as well.” Competition can suffer when a company using unlicensed software gains a cost advantage over competitors who use legal software. It also hampers technology companies’ ability to innovate and create much-needed jobs and government revenues.”
“As a good corporate citizen, Driscoll has been, and continues to be strongly committed to complying with copyright laws and software licensing obligations. While Driscoll believed itself to be compliant with its licensing obligations, a prompt and thorough investigation revealed inadvertent licensing issues resulting from a former employee who was not fully aware of the software licensing and intellectual property requirements. Driscoll has since corrected these issues and established even stronger protocols to ensure compliance going forward,” said a spokesperson for the company.
Through its global programs, BSA works to protect its members’ rights by promoting lawful software use and offering compelling solutions that help organizations reduce legal and security risks and drive business value. BSA’s SAM Advantage, an ISO-aligned training course and certification program for IT managers, teaches the necessary skills for effective software management. BSA also offers Verafirm Certified*, a product that assesses license compliance and independently verifies whether an organization’s SAM processes align with the ISO’s 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)).