America Online has been fined by the anti-piracy group, the Business Software Alliance, for illegal software use.
The London office of the media giant, which last month bought Netscape, (see Newswire 24 November) has settled with the BSA after a software audit in July discovered it had unlicensed copies of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
The news comes shortly after the BSA launched its latest initiative to crack down on illegal software within UK businesses, and a similar case with All Nippon Airways.
Both companies immediately entered into a settlement, to pay the BSA for the costs of using the unlicensed software. The sum was not disclosed.
?Neither of these companies maliciously copied its software. They were victims of their own bad systems management, which allowed their software usage to increased without securing enough licences,? said Emillia Knight, vice president and managing director of BSA Europe.
?They are both examples of how important BSA Crackdown 98 is in proving a warning to businesses that we are serious and that nobody can consider themselves above the law.?
A spokesman for AOL said: ?We have no ongoing disputes with the BSA or any of its members."
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