ChannelAdvisor has paid $150,000 to settle a software licensing dispute with the Business Software Alliance, which monitors companies for use of pirated and unlicensed software.
The BSA announced the settlement Thursday.
In response to a request from WRAL Tech Wire, ChannelAdvisor’s General Counsel Scott Alridge confirmed the settlement and said that the Morrisville-based company had cooperated in the probe.
“As a software vendor ourselves, we take licensing very seriously,” Alridge said.
“ChannelAdvsior underwent a voluntary internal audit after BSA brought to our attention a potential shortfall in one of our software licenses.
“We found that we had acquired an insufficient number of licenses to support our recent growth.
“We have amicably resolved the matter with BSA, and are implementing processes to maintain compliance and support our growth going forward.”
ChannelAdvisor provides a variety of e-commerce related services to companies worldwide.
The BSA said its investigation was triggered by an anonymous tip.
“BSA was alerted to the alleged pirated software use through a confidential report made through its www.nopiracy.org antipiracy initiative,” BSA said in an announcement.
“ChannelAdvisor agreed to pay $150,000 to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft software installed on its computers. The company also agreed to delete from its computers all unlicensed software, acquire any licenses necessary to become fully compliant, and take measures to ensure its future compliance, one of the foundational principles of proper software asset management (SAM).”