Search

Hoxton architectural firm fined for having unlicensed software

18:33 08 January 2013

The firm in Hoxton was fined £3,000 for using the unlicensed software

The firm in Hoxton was fined £3,000 for using the unlicensed software

Archant

Kyson in Scrutton Street was slapped with the fine after an investigation by the Software Alliance.

The trade association for the software industry asked Kyson to carry out a self-audit after a whistle blower reported they were using unlicensed Adobe, Autodesk and Microsoft software.

Michala Wardell, chair of Software Alliance’s UK Committee, said: “Even though £3,000 may not seem like a particularly substantial loss, for smaller companies such as Kyson Design it can be much harder to absorb unforeseen losses in an economic downturn.”

Compliance marketing director Julian Swan added: “Apart from the financial risks of being found with unlicensed software, there are also potential security threats to bear in mind.

“Unlicensed software is not always fully protected from malware and can lead to downtime.”

Scott Kyson, founder of Kyson Design, said: “I have been surprised by the aggressive approach taken by the Software Alliance towards small enterprises, particularly in the current economic climate.

“Although for an expanding business such as ourselves the timing of their approach prompted us to re-structure our entire IT set-up and start utilising network licenses for certain software to flexibly accommodate our increasing staff levels.

“I am concerned though, that this hard-line approach may be detrimental on smaller businesses.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:32
Police stopped the car along City Road.

A shotgun and several knives have been recovered by police after a car was stopped in Islington this afternoon.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Zoe Ranson

A writer has spoken of her delight in being shortlisted for a prestigious new award which recognises the wide scope of unpublished novellas.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Clerkenwell has been subject to a dispersal order by Islington Police for 48 hours since Wednesday

Borough Police have placed Clerkenwell on a 48 hour lockdown using a Dispersal Order.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Cllr James Murray, Islington Council's executive member for housing

Council warn that new build programme could suffer from goverment extension of the Right to Buy scheme

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder