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Wausau Steel settles illegal software claim

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Wausau company has settled a claim that it used illegal copies of Adobe, Autodesk, Microsft and Solidworks software installed on its computers.

Wausau Steel Corporation agreed to pay the Business Software Alliance $144,000 and delete all unlicensed copies of the software from its computers. The company also agreed to get the licenses necessary to become compliant.

“Proper software asset management helps to maximize a company’s IT investment and ensure the highest level of software security,” said BSA senior director of legal affairs Jenny Blank.

“Wausau Steel worked fully with BSA in resolving any issues of unlicensed software use,” said company vice president Mike Keefe.

The BSA began investigating the company after it got a confidential tip on its Web site nopiracy.com

The alliance reports that software industries in the United States lost $9.1 billion to piracy in 2008. Reducing piracy by 10 percent would create 32,000 new jobs, the alliance said.