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Overland Kansas firm fined $200,000

Overland Kansas firm fined $200,000 for installing more copies of software than it had licenses to support.

FMH fined $200,000 for illegal software.

A benefit services provider firm trading as FMH Benefit Services Inc, based in Overland, KS, have been ordered to pay some $200,000 dollars in fines to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and they educate consumers on software management and copyright protection, cyber security, trade, e-commerce and other Internet-related issues.

After receiving a report, the BSA's attorneys contacted FMH Benefit Services. The company co-operated with the BSA and voluntarily conducted a self-audit.

As a result of this audit, FMH Benefit Services were found to have more copies of software programs on its computers than it had licenses to support. In particular, products from software firms such as Adobe, Microsoft and Symantec.

The firm were ordered to pay some $200,000 dollars in settlement and have agreed to delete any unlicensed copies of software, purchase replacement software and strengthen their software management practices.

Bob Kruger, Vice President of Enforcement for BSA said,

"This settlement demonstrates to companies that copying software costs more than purchasing it in the first place. Businesses will avoid paying large penalties to BSA if they take a proactive approach to software asset management."

First published February 13, 2004

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