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India-Based Company to Pay $100,000 for Use of Pirated Software in Imported Clothing

Friday, January 08, 2016
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A company based in India will pay $100,000 to settle charges that it gained an unfair competitive advantage over U.S.-based companies by using pirated software in the production of clothing imported and sold in California, according to a press release from the California attorney general’s office. Other terms of the settlement prohibit the company from using unlicensed software or reproducing any part of a copyrighted software program without the permission of the legitimate copyright holder, require the company to perform four complete audits of the software on its computers and fix any violations within 45 days, and draft an information technology policy statement regarding the use of licensed software and distribute this policy to all employees. The press release notes that this case marks the first time a state has secured a legally enforceable judgment against an international company for these types of violations.

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