SIIA Announces First Content Piracy Case Settlement

Aug 17, 2007

The Software & Information Industry Association, a trade association for the software and content industry, has announced the first settlement in its Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Program (CCAP). SIIA reached a $300,000 agreement to settle copyright infringement claims against Knowledge Networks, Inc. Knowledge Networks agreed to work with SIIA and its member companies to initiate an internal program to avoid future infringement. The program will include educating executives and professionals on copyright compliance and licensing, and ensuring that proper licenses are obtained for use of copyrighted materials.

Knowledge Networks is a mid-sized market research company with offices in San Francisco, New York, and several other cities. The firm’s marketing group had been distributing “press packets” internally to certain employees on a regular basis. The packets sometimes included--without authorization or license--copyrighted articles owned by SIIA members such as the Associated Press, Reed Elsevier, and United Press International. SIIA learned of the infringement though a confidential tip and a subsequent investigation verified its reliability.