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Unlicensed Software

New York, NY: (Feb-26-08) The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) brought charges against Florida Benchmark, alleging that the company used unlicensed software. SIIA officials stated that it had designated 2007 as an Anti-Piracy Year and focused on preserving copyright protections. The suit against Florida Benchmark was filed under this program. Officials stated that following the charges, the company cooperated with SIIA, conducted an audit, found it used unlicensed software, and reached a settlement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Florida Benchmark agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations. Earlier, the association reached a settlement with Knowledge Networks, alleging that the company had routinely taken and distributed copyrighted articles through an internal press packet. The company reached a $300,000 settlement with the SIIA. SIIA also created a list of titles most pirated by companies in 2007. They include: Symantec Norton AntiVirus, Adobe Acrobat, Symantec pcAnywhere, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Dreamweaver, Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator, Roxio Toast Titanium, Ipswitch WS_FTP, and Nero Ultra Edition. The most frequently pirated software titles on the Internet last year were: McAfee VirusScan, Symantec Norton AntiVirus, McAfee Internet Security Suite, Intuit TurboTax, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Intuit Quicken Home and Business, Symantec Norton pcAnywhere, Symantec Norton Ghost, and Adobe Creative Suite. [YAHOO: UNLICENSED SOFTWARE]


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Published on Feb-27-08


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