The Business Software Alliance's (BSA's) purge on illicit software licences continues, with a Scottish Council yesterday reaching an out of court settlement for having 470 invalid Microsoft licences.
Clackmannanshire Council had a 'select agreement' with Microsoft for licences, but had bought an additional 470 Office 97 end user licences from a supplier.
The BSA commenced legal proceedings on behalf of Microsoft in March, as such licences are invalid when sold separately. The out of court settlement is believed to be in the region of £150,000.
Firms that believe they may have been sold illegal licences should contact the software manufacturer to resolve the problem, explained Mike Newton, programme manager at the BSA.
"Clackmannanshire Council persistently refused to co-operate with either Microsoft or the BSA. As a result, the BSA was left with no alternative but to instigate proceedings against it," he said.
The BSA is currently investigating 500 UK companies for suspected licensing breaches, and continues to try and enforce vendors' licensing terms.
It offers a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to successful prosecution.
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