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Piracy crackdown yields $2.2 million

The Business Software Alliance collects out-of-court settlements from companies that violated copyright rules.

The Business Software Alliance--a trade group supported by Apple Computer, Intuit, Microsoft and about 20 others--has collected $2.2 million in out-of-court settlements in its annual software piracy sweep. The group targets U.S. companies that violate software licensing and copyright rules. The BSA claims that 22 percent of all commercial software licenses used in the United States have not been paid for, costing the industry more than $6.5 billion annually.

The group's latest piracy sweep led to settlements with 25 companies. The BSA plans to use the proceeds to fund educational initiatives, such as its campaign to discourage kids from using peer-to-peer networks to swap software, games, music and other copyrighted material.