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Architect Software

Washington, DC: (Nov-26-07) The Business Software Alliance brought charges against Michael Gaertner, owner of a 10-person architectural firm in Galveston, Texas, alleging that his company used unlicensed software. The suit, filed by the BSA as part of a crackdown, that was targeting small businesses and was acting as a global copyright enforcement watchdog for such companies as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., and Symantec Corp. Gaertner received a letter which demanded $67,000, which sources estimated was most of one year's profit, or the possibility of a trial.

As part of a settlement reached, records show that Gaertner ended up paying $40,000 to resolve charges. Sources claimed that BSA was well within its rights to wring expensive punishments aimed at stopping the willful, blatant software copying that undoubtedly happens in many businesses. And its leaders say they concentrate on small businesses because that's where illegitimate use of software is widespread. [JOURNAL AND COURIER: UNLICENSED SOFTWARE]

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Published on Nov-27-07


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