Synquest has become the third software vendor in the past couple of months to come to an agreement with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) after neglecting to pay for all of the desktop software licences it used in its day-to-day operations.
The BSA received a tip-off about the company, which sells supply chain management applications, on its anti-piracy hotline, after which Synquest audited its software inventory and found it had more installations of Microsoft, Adobe, Lotus and Symantec software than it had paid for.
Mark Simcoe, Synquest's chief financial officer, said: "While we deny any violation of the various license agreements, we want to ensure that as a software company, we are in full compliance with copyright requirements and have initiated forceful steps to strengthen policies and procedures in our software management system."
Synquest also agreed to contribute $200,000 to support the BSA's work and its anti-piracy campaign.
Other software vendors that have come to an agreement with the BSA over software piracy claims in recent months include Scopus Technology, which sells sales, marketing and customer service software, and 2021 Interactive, a marketing software supplier.
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