Rosetta Stone Announces Settlements with Eleven UK Individuals for Copyright and Trademark Infringement
1 August 2010
Rosetta Stone, the leading language-learning software company, has strengthened its stand against piracy with the announcement of settlements in copyright and trademark infringement cases against eleven individuals in the UK.
These individuals pirated software, including the unauthorised copying, downloading, sharing, offering for sale and selling of counterfeit Rosetta Stone® language-learning software. As a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), Rosetta Stone is committed to fighting software piracy and educating the public on the risks associated with using pirated software.
Rosetta Stone has reached settlements in cases in London, Sussex, Lancashire, Essex as well as in Yorkshire (Leeds), West Midlands (Birmingham), Angus County (Scotland) and Londonderry (Ireland)
Furthermore, Rosetta Stone is actively pursuing a number of criminal cases for prosecution with the aid of the relevant local chapters of trading standards in the UK as well as with agencies in several European cities.
"Rosetta Stone is firmly committed to combating software piracy and we are pleased that our unique enforcement programme has effectively addressed the illegal activities by these individuals whose actions have harmed consumers," said Michael Wu, general counsel of Rosetta Stone.
"Pirated software is not only an issue of copyright but also a wider problem for the consumer as such programs frequently contain spyware, which can steal personal and confidential information, and may also cause operational failures from viruses or malware."
Before purchasing Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions, consumers should verify that a seller is authorised to sell the program. To report piracy of Rosetta Stone products or inquire about the legitimacy of Rosetta Stone products, consumers can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on software piracy is available from the Business Software Alliance at www.bsa.org. Visitors to the site can find information on the risks of software piracy and access resources on effective software asset management. The BSA encourages reports of suspected software piracy regarding both businesses that use unlicensed software, or individuals and organisations that sell pirated software over the internet. Confidential reports can be made at www.bsa.org.
For more information please visit http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/anti-piracy
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone provides interactive solutions that are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. Available in more than 30 languages, Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions are used by schools, organisations and millions of individuals in over 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit RosettaStone.co.uk.
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