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FAST secures £70,000 in new software licenses from Perth & Kinross Council

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Industry body helps council to puts its software house in order following whistle-blower’s report 

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has worked with Perth & Kinross Council to put its software estate in order following a whistle-blower’s report.

Having been informed that there was unlicensed software being used at the organisation FAST approached the Council in writing requesting that it conduct a comprehensive software audit to identify the unlicensed software. FAST also outlined the potential risks faced by the local authority should they be found to be infringing.

An audit was subsequently carried out which - true to the initial whistle-blower allegations - revealed that the organisation fell considerably short of proper software licensing requirements. As a result of FAST’s pursuant actions, the Council bought new licenses and purchases were duly made to bring the organisation into compliance, totalling £67,675.

Alex Hilton, FAST’s Chief Executive, said: “By any measure this is no small sum and a significant issue for the local authority to address. However, we worked closely with the Council to ensure that its software estate is now fully compliant and we believe that in raising the issue with them directly, they now have acted to address it appropriately.

“The Council moved swiftly and decisively to ensure its estate was compliant. However, it is illustrative of the broader issue of unlicensed software, which remains endemic in organisations across the UK. This issue still needs to be addressed and organisations should be taking measures to ensure that their software estates are properly licensed and managed.”

“We are increasingly seeing organisations’ alike becoming determined to put their software assets in order,” Alex continued. “This is an integral part of the growth in awareness of corporate governance and the impact of compliance within both the public and private sectors.

“Ultimately, this isn’t about aggressively punishing businesses that step out of line, but about encouraging best practice and compliance, to support the Intellectual Property rights of software publishers of all sizes,” he concluded.