Copyright Action Data Results

Record #1 State: CO City: Trinidad District: #1 Action:  Cease and desist letter
Year: 2000 Mat'l: Other Settled?: Case dropped Infringer: Student Facts: Student tapped into DPL database and used SIRS database. He/She did not know they were not supposed to since the program allowed them to search. They received the desist letter, asked me about it, and they no longer entered database.
Fine:$0 Who reported: Other District Action: We bought a site based license for the school which allows students to search magazine articles at home also Court Action: None Resolution: No further action taken past desist letter.
 
Record #2 State: IL City: Algonquin District: Community Unit District #300 Action:  Lawsuit
Year: 2001 Mat'l: Computer software Settled?: Yes, in court Infringer: Teacher Facts: Teacher downloaded material on too many machines. Teacher was fired. Teacher turned in the district for software violations. District was sued, then fined.
Fine:$150,000 Who reported: Disgruntled teacher District Action: All hard drives were "cleaned" , and only the tech person at each school allowed to download material. This wasn't a change as it was the teacher that did it in the first place! Only District approved software was allowed. I have left this district, but heard it happened again this year with another large fine against the district (read about that one in the paper!) Court Action: The district lost the case and was fined heavily. Resolution: Several very large fines.
 
Record #3 State: PA City: Lewisburg District: Lewisburg Area School District Action:  Other
Year: 2001 Mat'l: Other Settled?: Yes, in court Infringer: Student Facts: Software was being illegally loaded onto computers. A student was assisting with computer maintenance and became disgruntled and reported violations.
Fine:$250,000 approx. Who reported: Disgruntled student District Action: Court Action: Resolution: District was fined and ordered to stop using software for which there were not site licenses.
 
Record #4 State: TX City: San Antonio District: One of the San Antonio area districts Action:  Cease and desist letter
Year: 2002 Mat'l: Computer software Settled?: Yes, out of court Infringer: Other Facts: District received certified letter from Business Software Alliance (BSA) saying they had "...received information that xxx District may have installed or in use on its computers, more copies of software products published by the BSA's member companies than it has authorization or licenses to support.", and "...BSA takes the position that any continued infringement after notice constitutes willful infringement and, upon learning of such infringement following the date of this letter [June 14, 2002], reserves the rights of our members to seek all legal remedies without further notice."
Fine: Who reported: Disgruntled teacher District Action: Email went to all employees that the seriousness of adherence to copyright law is of utmost importance and will be expected. A software audit is planned. A copyright workshop for all librarians and Campus Instructional Technologists had already been planned before the letter, with invitations also going to campus and district administrators. Court Action: None Resolution: The district asked its lawyer to write a letter saying that action would be taken to educate employees and that a software audit would occur.
 
Record #5 State: CA City: Los Angeles District: Los Angeles Unified School District Action:  Lawsuit
Year: 1998 Mat'l: Computer software Settled?: Yes, out of court Infringer: Staff/paraprofessional Facts: A complaint from someone at one of the districts school buildings to the Business Software Alliance. Nearly 1,400 unauthorized copies of Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word were found. Total retail value more than $500,000.
Fine: Nearly $5, 300,000 Who reported: Disgruntled teacher District Action: Paid fine of $300,000 and replaced licensed versions of software throughout the district at a cost of nearly $5 million and wrote a new/updated software copyright policy in school board policy. Court Action: Settled out of court Resolution: Settled out of court for $300,000 plus the cost of replacing illegal copies district wide at a cost of nearly $5 million.
 
Record #6 State: NJ City: E. Windsor District: Private Jewish school Action:  Cease and desist letter
Year: 1998 Mat'l: Computer software Settled?: No, pending Infringer: Administrator Facts: If you look at any of the computers they have software programs that they only bought a few copies of.
Fine: none yet Who reported: Other District Action: none yet Court Action: None Resolution: none yet
 
Record #7 State: IL City: Carpentersville District: Community Unit School District 300 Action:  Other
Year: 2001 Mat'l: Computer software Settled?: Yes, out of court Infringer: Administrator Facts: Illegal copies of Adobe Acrobat software was loaded onto several machines used by administrators at one school.
Fine: $50,000 Who reported: Other District Action: An updated acceptable use policy. Building-level personnel may not purchase or install software. All administrators and teachers will be trained on copyright and district policy. One district level person will document all software licenses. Court Action: Settled out of court Resolution: An updated acceptable use policy. Building-level personnel may not purchase or install software. All administrators and teachers will be trained on copyright and district policy. One district level person will document all software licenses.
 
Record #8 State: TX City: Dallas area District: Dallas area district Action:  Lawsuit
Year: 2004 Mat'l: Workbooks Settled?: Yes, out of court Infringer: Teacher Facts: As I understand it, the department chair in the English department at [a Dallas suburban high school] was given a TAKS workbook from the district English Coordinator. The intent of the coordinator was to provide department chairs with a resource to use as a guide for preparing TAKS questions and exercises for students. Apparently the department chair did not understand this. She subsequently copied the entire workbook for each teacher in her department. Several of those teachers then copied worksheet pages for their students to be used in class. Apparently, the publisher discovered this and filed suit.
Fine: yes, amount unknown Who reported: Copyright owner District Action: The district has appointed the library coordinator to be the copyright educator. We now have very specific district policies regarding copyright on the district website. A copyright PowerPoint is also posted and every employee is required to view it. The librarians in every school are being further educated in regard to copyright laws and are responsible for providing information to their individual campuses. Court Action: Settled out of court Resolution: The district admitted to the violation, settled with the company out of court, and paid a large fine (I don't know the specific amount).
 
Record #9 State: TX City: Fort Worth District: Ft. Worth ISD Action:  Cease and desist letter
Year: 2004 Mat'l: Print material Settled?: No, pending Infringer: Administrator Facts: 300 copies of multiple pages from a book were handed out at a district-wide meeting with no source citation or permission from the authors to make copies of their book. The administrator who made the copies was told twice that this would be an infringement and chose to make the copies anyway. A person who attended the meeting was able to locate the source and publisher and mailed a copy of the material to the publisher. Subsequently, the administrator and the superintendent both received cease and desist letters.
Fine: $15,000 (est.) Who reported: Disgruntled teacher District Action: More training is taking place in the district, but as of April, 2007 no changes or additions have been made to district policies. I expect that there will be many more instances of this type of thing, as the district has yet to be very concerned about the types of infringements the teachers and administrators commit on a daily basis. Court Action: None Resolution: It is my understanding that the district was asked to pay for 300 copies of the book.
 
Record #10 State: TN City: various District: various Action:  Cease and desist letter
Year: 2005 (approx) Mat'l: Print music Settled?: Yes Infringer: Band director Facts: Representative of Texas law firm attended football games to check out the performance of the bands to determine if any music arrangements had been modified.  Law firm sent letters  accusing schools of the creation of "unauthorized derivative works" by making new arrangements. In one case the change had been to skip a repeat that was indicated so that the music would better fit the time allotted.  There was no change in the melody or harmony.
Fine: settled, but demands were from $3000 to $10,000 Who reported: bounty hunter attended football games to review performances of music District Action: Court Action: None Resolution: The various schools settled with the Texas law firm representing the copyright owners.
 
Record #11 State: TX City: Houston District: confidential Action:  Cease and desist letter
Year: 2013 (approx) Mat'l: Print Settled?: Yes Infringer: multiple Facts: Teachers had posted workbook pages on open web pages, along with answers. The workbooks were no longer in adoption in that district, but were still used by districts around the country. Students in those other districts found the answers online; the teachers discovered the students had found the answers, and complained to the publishing company.
Fine: settled Who reported: teachers in districts using the textbook series reported the web posting to District Action: Immediately removed the improperly posted materials Court Action: None Resolution: The district settled with the publishing company.