Auction site fined for using ‘pirated’ software


Author: JT Smith

Online auction house QXL has been fined £34,000 by the U.K.’s Business Software Alliance for using 200 pirated software packages from Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec. QXL said in a statement that it had been using the software “unwittingly” and had now rectified the problem. But, according to Mike Newton, campaign relations manager for BSA UK, this is a widespread problem now that companies allow employees to download software freely from the Internet. IT Wire reports.