Waggoners settles with software watchdog

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The Business Software Alliance, a watchdog group representing the nation’s leading software manufacturers, announced Wednesday, Feb. 21, that The Waggoners Trucking, the largest family-owned car-haul company in the nation, paid BSA a total of $300,000 to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Microsoft and Symantec software programs installed on its computers.

“Raising awareness and providing the tools and resources necessary to help companies better manage their software has always been a BSA priority,” says Jenny Blank, director of enforcement for BSA. “We hope that this settlement will highlight for others the high price of infringement and the importance of compliance.”

In addition to making its payment, the company agreed to delete any unlicensed copies, purchase replacement software and strengthen its software management practices. “The Waggoners Trucking is fully committed to software compliance,” says David Waggoner, president of The Waggoners Trucking, based in Billings, Mont. “We have resolved the issue and will more closely monitor and audit our software to prevent future infringements.”