SIIA’s Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Program Continues Apace


The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is well known for contacting businesses regarding claims of copyright infringement based un unlicensed use of its members’ software. However, the SIIA does not limit itself to copyright claims related to software.

SIIA recently announced a settlement with a California building-contractor company that it had accused of internally copying and distributing to its employees a newsletter about California occupational health and safety, for which it had purchased only a single subscription.

Many business owners and managers simply are unaware of all of the implications of using or distributing original content that they purchase – be it newsletters or desktop software. In cases where content acquired from third parties is not clearly described in a written license agreement that company management has read and understands, it makes sense to consult with legal counsel before making assumptions about if and how that content may be accessed, copied, distributed, or incorporated with other company deliverables.

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