Macromedia fights copyright infringement

A US college discovered flouting software copyright has agreed to pay $US194,000 to acquire its unlicensed wares.

Macromedia has successfully worked with The Advertising Arts College of San Diego (TAAC) to settle an ongoing dispute regarding improper installation of Macromedia software. The school has also agreed to settle claims related to the dispute.

Unlicensed copies of Macromedia software at the school will be destroyed and licensed copies purchased, according to the settlement agreement between Macromedia and TAAC.

Macromedia is a worldwide member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) which characterises global piracy as the single most important barrier inhibiting the growth of the software industry. According to the BSA, an estimated 38 per cent of all software programs used worldwide in 1998 were pirated at a cost of $US11 billion.

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