LG subsidiaries give up appeals against $121k award for illegal software use
MOSCOW, January 24 - RAPSI. The Ninth Commercial Appeals Court has terminated the proceedings in LG Electronics' appeal against a $121,000 award for Adobe and Corel as compensation for illegal software use, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
The proceedings were terminated upon LG Electronics' request.
Earlier, the company challenged the Moscow Commercial Court's October 27 judgment ordering LG Electronics RUS-Marketing to pay 1.2 million rubles ($38,300), while LG Electronics RUS was ordered to pay 2.6 million rubles ($83,000).
The Interior Ministry's Economic Security Department earlier inspected LG's offices. The inspection revealed that over 60 employees used unlicensed software. Officers confiscated 44 desktops and 17 laptop computers. According to the preliminary damage assessment, the license holders lost about 2 million rubles ($63,800), the Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti. The ministry opened a case in September 2010 over the illegal use of software at LG's Russian office.
The Business Software Alliance's (BSA) Russia Committee told RIA Novosti that LG illegally used the software of half of its members.
BSA is an international association of software producers. It includes internationally-known companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Kaspersky Lab, SAP, Corel and Cisco.
LG Russia denied the charges, but added that it fully cooperates with the authorities and will strictly comply with Russian law in the future.