$1 Million in Software Piracy Settlements in December 2006

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital information industry, announced today that it received over $1 million in software piracy settlements in eleven cases in December 2006.

In addition to paying the settlement amounts, the companies agreed to delete any unlicensed copies, purchase the necessary replacement software, adopt and implement software management policies and agree to future compliance audits. These settlements serve as a reminder to companies, large and small, to implement good software compliance practices to ensure the use of only fully licensed software.

"The volume of settlements this past December shows that there are still many companies that do not have adequate software compliance practices in place and that many businesses need to be more vigilant about ensuring proper software use," said Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA's Vice President Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement.

"Businesses should know that using fully licensed software is part of their corporate responsibility and know that they are liable if they do not." He added that "while the settlements may seem somewhat large, in fact, the eleven companies would have incurred significantly more expenses had they not been cooperative with SIIA's investigation."

Some of SIIA's December settlements in the Corporate software anti-piracy program included copyright infringement settlements with Petroleum Heat and Power Corp., Preventative Maintenance Company, Inc. and Ciberlynx Inc.