Group nets $1M in piracy settlements in December

SIIA had plenty of unwrapping to do

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) received more than $1 million for software piracy settlements in December, the group announced Friday.

SIIA, a trade group representing software vendors and digital information providers, reached settlements in 11 cases last month, the group said in a press release. The $1 million in settlements represents one of the five highest monthly totals for the trade group, an SIIA spokesman said.

The number of settlements in December show there are many companies that don't have "adequate software compliance practices" in place, Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA's vice president of intellectual property policy and enforcement, said in a statement. While the settlements seem "somewhat large," the 11 companies may have been hit with larger costs if they did not cooperate with SIIA's investigations, he said.

Among the companies settling with SIIA in December:

  • Petroleum Heat & Power Corp., a Stamford, Conn., distributor of home heating oil, heating and cooling equipment and maintenance. After SIIA contacted the company about a report of unlicensed software, Petroleum Heat & Power cooperated by conducting an audit, SIIA said. The company settled for $217,570, about two and a half times the retail price of the pirated Microsoft Corp. software installed on its systems.

  • Preventative Maintenance Company Inc. (PMCI), based in Illinois, a provider of predictive technology including vibration and infrared analysis of machinery. Sources reported that PMCI was installing software on company computers without regard to the number of licenses that the company owned, SIIA said. PMCI also cooperated with SIIA and settled for $156,137.70, based on the unlicensed software on their systems from Microsoft, Adobe Systems Inc., Symantec Corp. and Nero AG.

  • Ciberlynx, a Deerfield Beach, Fla., Web hosting company. SIIA contacted Ciberlynx after two sources said the company did not have enough licenses to support its software. SIIA settled its copyright infringement claims with Ciberlynx after the company paid damages of $130,000 based on their possession of multiple unlicensed software titles published by Adobe, Microsoft and Symantec.

SIIA will use the settlements to fund further antipiracy education efforts and enforcement work, it said.

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