According to the Business Software Association, 16 cases of businesses using pirated software were settled in Australia in 2013. The fines and settlements paid out by the businesses totaled $483,785 (536,050 Australian). The settlements paid out for pirated software was 20 percent higher than the amount paid out in 2012.
The BSA reported that almost a third of the business that were caught using pirated software were architectural firms and companies in the design industry.
Back in 2012, engineering firms accounted for nearly half of all companies caught using pirated software in Australia.
Source: Hannah Francis, “Business software piracy hits record,” Business Spectator, February 18, 2014.