WASHINGTON, DC — August 21, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today announced that Florida resident David Thompson has paid a $250,000 settlement for illegally selling and distributing software products from BSA member companies Adobe and Symantec through his website, www.littlesoftshop.com.
BSA filed suit in Connecticut federal court on behalf of Adobe and Symantec after an investigation in early 2011 revealed that Thompson’s website was selling unauthorized copies of software products at far below market prices. The court entered default judgment when Thompson failed to appear in the case. Later, while Thompson was seeking to prevent BSA from attaching his assets to collect on the judgment, BSA’s Internet investigations team discovered that Thompson was continuing to illegally offer software for download and unlawfully distributing counterfeit and misappropriated product activation keys via email. BSA immediately brought Thompson’s conduct to the court’s attention, which resulted in the case being settled shortly thereafter.
In addition to paying the settlement to BSA, Mr. Thompson agreed to turn over all counterfeit and infringing copies of Adobe and Symantec software in his possession and to refrain from selling these BSA member companies’ software in the future. Thompson also agreed to provide information to BSA regarding those who supplied his company with illegal activation keys and copies of pirated software.
“BSA’s recent settlement of $250,000 with Mr. Thompson is a victory for the intellectual property industry – and, particularly, intellectual property holders,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s Senior Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel. “The scale of Mr. Thompson’s illegal operation and subsequent settlement should serve as a stark reminder that engaging in the theft of intellectual property has serious consequences.”
BSA has recently launched a new website at internet.bsa.org with the latest news and information to guide consumers on how to protect themselves and ‘shop smart’ when purchasing software online. The site includes comprehensive guidance on recognizing pirated software, identifying disreputable sellers, as well as the warning signs that will help consumers identify disreputable e-Commerce websites, online auction listings and classified ads. The site also describes potential risks associated with acquiring and using pirated software and step-by-step directions for reporting illegal activity directly to BSA.