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Short Take: California companies settle piracy claims

Five California companies agreed to pay the Business Software Alliance $750,000 to settle software piracy claims. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest system in the country, will pay $300,000 for illegally copying software. Building Analytics, the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lowe Enterprises, and Tycom Corporation also are paying fines for using unauthorized copies of Adobe, Autodesk, Corel, Lotus, Microsoft, Novell, and Symantec programs.

Five California companies agreed to pay the Business Software Alliance $750,000 to settle software piracy claims. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest system in the country, will pay $300,000 for illegally copying software. Building Analytics, the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lowe Enterprises, and Tycom Corporation also are paying fines for using unauthorized copies of Adobe, Autodesk, Corel, Lotus, Microsoft, Novell, and Symantec programs.