This is a common action by the BSA.
It is likely that Peter Hunt Architects was unable to produce documentation on their software purchases.
It is also likely that Peter Hunt Architects was first reported to the BSA by a disgruntled employee. (Most of these situations originate this way.)
Rather than fight a long, expensive court battle, they settled.
Get daily business news.
The latest stories, funding information, and expert advice. Free to sign up.
The BSA issued a press-release, detailing the situation, with joint purpose of embarrassing Peter Hunt Architects and sending a “scary message” to others in the process.
Software compliance is not about what you have.
It’s about what you can prove.
Software compliance is a complex, time consuming and a potentially devastating issue for virtually all businesses. Groups like the BSA are in business to exploit and profit from every oversight and error you make.
This article is proof that bad things happen to good companies.