UK firm pays £250,000 for unlicensed software use

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has reached its largest ever out-of-court settlement with a UK firm for the use of unlicensed Microsoft, Adobe and Autodesk software on hundreds of PCs.

The firm, which has not been named, is described only as being in the infrastructure and public services sector.

Sarah Coombes, legal director for EMEA at BSA said: "The size of the settlement is a reflection of the serious nature and scale of unlicensed software use at this company."

The BSA estimates that 27% of the software used by UK businesses is unlicensed, meaning that its use infringes copyright. The BSA says it is currently investigating a large number of companies for suspected software piracy.