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San Carlos company fined for illegal software use

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, announced today four California-based companies paid BSA a total of $350,909 to settle claims of having unlicensed copies of software installed on their computers.

Nuvelo, Inc. of San Carlos paid BSA $112,409 in damages for having unlicensed copies of Adobe and Microsoft software installed on its computers. Styles for Less, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs paid BSA $93,500 in damages for having unlicensed copies of Adobe.

Nuvelo, Inc. is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company that deals with the development and commercialization of novel drugs. Styles For Less is a junior retail store for young girls and teens. It currently has 111 stores concentrated in California.

"The BSA has always supported innovation, enterprise, and the protection of our members` copyrights," said Jenny Blank, Senior Director of Legal Affairs for BSA. "From a business perspective, it makes more sense for companies to establish proper software license procedures.

"The executive management of Styles For Less was unaware of the use of the unlicensed software," said a representative for the company.

BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use primarily by confidential reports made on BSA's website Each year, BSA receives over 2,500 reports of software piracy to its website and hotline 1-888-NO PIRACY. The majority of BSA's leads come from current or former employees who had information relating to the unlicensed software activity.

First published March 24, 2009

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