Rosetta Stone Announces Settlements with Ten Individuals for Copyright and Trademark Infringement
2010 June, 11
Language Learning Company Educates Consumers and Lawmakers On Piracy and Counterfeit Products
ARLINGTON, Va., Jun 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions, announced today that the company has reached settlements in cases against ten individuals for copyright and trademark infringement. These individuals pirated software, including the unauthorized copying, downloading, sharing and selling of counterfeit Rosetta Stone(R) 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 CEO, Tom Adams, and eleven other CEOs, including Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, and Enrique Salem of Symantec, met with members of the Obama administration and members of Congress in Washington DC last week to discuss bolstering intellectual property protection both domestically and overseas. These high level meetings as well as Rosetta Stone's robust enforcement program demonstrate the company's continued commitment to fighting software piracy and strengthening intellectual property laws.
Rosetta Stone has reached settlements in cases against the following individuals:
Alex Ryken, Gayville, SD
Almando Boochoon, Jamaica, NY
Farid Feizian, Lutherville, MD
Jeremy Tate, Dunlap, TN
Joseph Biggerstaff, Louisville, KY
Lawrence Jeanette Ota, Fairborn, OH
Mark Dashiak, Bellmawr, NJ
Mark Parker, Lithonia, GA
Scott Easom, Lindale, TX
Undisclosed Company, Madison, AL and Czech Republic
"We are pleased that these individuals have agreed to cease their illicit activities that harm consumers," said Michael Wu, general counsel of Rosetta Stone. "Pirated software is likely to contain spyware, which can steal personal and confidential information, and may cause operational failures from viruses or malware."
Before purchasing Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions, consumers should verify that a seller is authorized 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. To receive industry-wide information about software piracy, consumers can call the Business Software Alliance (BSA) Anti-Piracy Hotline at 1-888-667-4722.
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