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Title: LITHUANIA IMPOSES HIGHEST FINE YET FOR USE OF

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09VILNIUS92009-01-07 11:03:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA IMPOSES HIGHEST FINE YET FOR USE OF 
PIRATED SOFTWARE 
 
REF: A. 2008 SECSTATE 43146 
     ¶B. 2008 VILNIUS 113 
 
¶1.  The Klaipeda City Court imposed Lithuania's largest 
IPR-related fine ever for the use of unlicensed software on 
November 13.  The Court found Alex Naval, a marine design and 
engineering company, guilty of using unlicensed software for 
commercial gain and fined it 300,000 Litas (about 124,000 
USD).  Unlicensed copies of Adobe Acrobat, Autodesk, Autocad, 
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, Microsoft Office and Windows 
software were discovered in twelve Alex Naval desktop 
computers, according to a representative of the Business 
Software Alliance (BSA).  Alex Naval appealed the decision on 
December 2nd with a willingness to proceed to the Lithuanian 
Supreme Court, if necessary, according to the Economic Police 
of Klaipeda.  The Klaipeda Regional Court has to make a 
decision within 37 days of the appeal. 
 
¶2.  COMMENT.  Although the appeal is still pending, we are 
pleased to see further evidence that police and the judiciary 
-- even outside of the capital -- are taking IPR protection 
seriously and are willing to impose fines that may deter 
others from using pirated software. 
 
CLOUD