Native Design fined for unlicensed software use

Native Design has agreed an out-of-court settlement with the Business Software Alliance for £24 000 following an investigation into claims the consultancy had been using unlicensed software.

The BSA says ‘a whistleblower’ informed it of malpractice but also states product and interactive consultancy Native Design ‘co-operated throughout the investigation’.

Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec and Autodesk products were said to have been used by the consultancy in breach of licensing agreements.

Reparations go to the BSA for funding and campaigning, rather than to the listed software producers.

The BSA is a non-profit trade association which says its mission is to ‘promote a long-term legislative and legal environment in which the industry can prosper’.

In addition to the £24 000 settlement, Native Design has spent a further £20 000 to license its existing software and ensure legal use in the future.

Native Design was unable to comment at the time of going to press.

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