Five UK firms, including an ISP and a games developer, are being sued over alleged software piracy, and five more have settled claims out of court with the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
The BSA served papers earlier this month on ISP Claranet, internet travel firm Online Travel Corporation, games developer Climax Development and seven other organisations for holding unlicensed copies of software.
It has since reached out of court settlements with Online Travel Corporation for £40,000, Gloucester City Council for £12,000. Three other firms have also settled, for as much as £65,000 in one case.
Action against Claranet, Climax and three others is still continuing.
Mike Newton, programme manager for BSA in the UK, said: "Company directors are legally responsible for software asset management, and if they do not take this seriously, they can end up with an unlimited fine or even a prison sentence."
The BSA represents firms such as Microsoft, Lotus, Novell, Symantec, Adobe and others. It offers rewards of up to £10,000 for information resulting in successful prosecutions or settlements.
The anti-piracy group's action has generated more than £4m this year. It estimates that UK piracy cost software firms £364m last year.
A Clarannet spokesman said: "We are in discussions with the BSA and hope these issues will soon be resolved."
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