November 26, 1996 5:45 PM ET
SPA settles copyright suit against ISP
By Maria Seminerio

  The Software Publishers Association today said it has dropped a copyright infringement lawsuit against an ISP it alleged was responsible for subscribers' illegal use of software from Adobe Systems Inc., Claris Corp. and Traveling Software Inc. It was the second such suit against an ISP to be dropped by the SPA in as many months.

GeoCities Inc., based in Santa Monica, Calif., agreed to work with the association to prevent future copyright violations by subscribers, according to SPA officials.

Last month, the association announced it had dropped a similar suit against ISP Community ConneXion, of Oakland, Calif. That company's president, Sameer Parekh, maintained the lawsuit was dropped because it was "frivolous," saying the association had not proved Community ConneXion subscribers were engaged in copyright infringement.

Sandra Sellers, the SPA's vice president of intellectual property, education and enforcement, said the lawsuits were not aimed at forcing ISPs to monitor content but to encourage them to look out for warning signs, such as unusually large FTP transfers.

The SPA is based in Washington.

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