Native Design has agreed a settlement with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for the use of unlicensed software.

The company is to pay a total of £44,000, including a settlement of £24,000 and an additional £20,000 on licence purchases that were necessary for the future business use of its software, for using unlicensed Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec and Autodesk products.

The BSA reported that the case came to light after a whistleblower reported improper software practices at the company to the BSA. According to BSA commissioned research, nearly three quarters (70 per cent) of London workers are willing to shop their bosses for improper business practices.

Michala Wardell, chair of the BSA UK member committee, said: “Given that more than one in four pieces of software is used illegally in the UK, the BSA has to take a hard line against companies that show a disregard for software licensing laws.

"This case is particularly disappointing. A design agency's business is built on intellectual property (IP) and yet this company was willing to circumvent other companies' IP. It should have known better and not put its professional reputation on the line.”