$17.5K fine for steel fabricator over unlicensed Autodesk software use

Townsville-based steel fabrication company
Wulguru Steel has settled out of court with an anti-piracy group over the
unlicensed use of Autodesk software.

CRN reports that Wulguru paid $17,500 to BSA The Software
Alliance, which represents a collection of software vendors, for piracy
of Autodesk’s AutoCAD. Wulguru must also buy licenses for future use.

The
article records Clayton Noble, BSA Australia committee chair, as saying, “Businesses
risk the security and integrity of their computer systems and data if they use
unlicensed, non-genuine software.”

“We
encourage all businesses to review and acquire software licences, as required
to keep their software deployments legal.”

Computerworld Australia notes that last month
BSA settled out of court with a Melbourne recruitment company over the
unlicensed use of Office 2007 software.

According to its website, Wulguru was
established in 1977, specialises in design, fabrication and installation,
and operates across Australasia.

BSA represents companies including Autodesk, IBM and Microsoft.

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