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More than a third of architects could be using illegal software

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Research has revealed that 36 per cent of architecture firms in the UK may be using illegal software

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) released research on software management last week after surveying financial directors (FDs) of morethan 250 UK-based architecture firms.

Of those questioned 77 per cent were responsible for the software licensing in their firms.

Only 9 per cent said they believe intellectual property ‘was valued within their company’, and more than a third (36 per cent) admitted that illegal software could be in use in their firms.

The research also found that despite an increase in spending on software over the past five years, only 14% of FDs feel confident that software is being correctly deployed and 64 per cent admitted they are unhappy with the way software is being managed.

The economic downturn appears to have affected spending with 82% of FDs stating that lack of funding was the major barrier to monitoring their software assets more closely.

The BSA recently reached a settlement with Belfast based architecture firm Coogan & Co Limited for the unlicensed use of software.  The firm was required to pay damages of £15,000 and to purchase new software to correct the under-licensing to the value of approximately £18,000.

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