Settlement Reached in Austin-Area Copyright Infringement Suit
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Settlement Reached in Austin-Area Copyright Infringement Suit

Coursepack Providers To Use Copyright Clearance Center's Solutions to Comply With Copyright Law

DANVERS, Mass., March 30, 2004—The University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press, Elsevier Inc., Pearson Education Inc., John Wiley & Sons Inc. and SAGE Publications today announced a settlement in a recent copyright infringement lawsuit against BISI Inc., Netpaks, Abel's Copies and Speedway Copying of Austin, Texas. The lawsuit, announced in February 2004, charged that these college coursepack providers routinely duplicated and distributed copyrighted materials, including electronic content, without obtaining permission directly from the plaintiffs or through their licensing agent Copyright Clearance Center. The defendants have agreed to pay undisclosed damages to the publishers and adopt compliant business practices going forward.

The publishers' complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin, alleged that BISI Inc., Abel's Copies and Speedway Copying were illegally distributing printed coursepacks, and that Netpaks offered and sold online versions without obtaining permission. All four defendants sell coursepacks to students at the University of Texas at Austin.

"It is unfortunate that legal action was necessary, but in some cases it is required to ensure a level playing field for the majority of businesses that adhere to copyright law," said Bob Weiner, vice president of licensing, Copyright Clearance Center. "Society as a whole benefits when copyright law is respected. We provide compliance solutions that empower over 10,000 businesses and academic institutions to lawfully use the information they need."

Copyright Clearance Center is a not-for-profit organization that helps businesses, academic institutions, copy shops, print centers, and other users of copyrighted materials comply with copyright law through its range of licensing solutions. Royalties collected are distributed to the publishers, authors or other copyright owners who have engaged Copyright Clearance Center as their rights management agent.

About Elsevier Inc.

Elsevier Inc. is a U.S.-based unit of the international Elsevier science and medical publishing business (www.elsevier.com), headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Elsevier is the world's leading scientific, technical and medical information provider and publishes over 1,600 journals as well as books and secondary databases. Elsevier's two parent companies - Reed Elsevier PLC ("REL") and Reed Elsevier NV ("REN") - are listed on the London and Amsterdam Stock Exchanges. Both Reed Elsevier PLC (NYSE: RUK) and Reed Elsevier NV (NYSE: ENL) are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

About Pearson Education, Inc.

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational and computer publishing. With such renowned brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Addison Wesley, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, Pearson Scott Foresman, Que, Sams, Peachpit, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from early childhood through college and beyond. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's primary operations also include the Financial Times Group (publisher and distributor of business and financial business worldwide) and the Penguin Group (publisher of an unrivalled range of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers and classics, children's and reference works for audiences in over 100 countries). More about Pearson and Pearson Education's Internet sites can be found at www.pearson.com and www.pearsoned.com.

About SAGE Publications

SAGE Publications is a leading international publisher of journals, books and electronic media for academic, educational and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers and students. SAGE Publications, a privately held corporation, has principal offices in Thousand Oaks, California and in London, England. SAGE's Internet site can be accessed at www.sagepub.com.

About John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides must-have content and services to customers worldwide. Its core businesses include scientific, technical and medical journals, encyclopedias, books and other online products and services, professional and consumer books and subscription services, and education materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley has publishing, marketing and distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb. Wiley's Internet site can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

About University of Chicago Press

The University of Chicago Press, a non-profit university publisher founded in 1891, publishes ground breaking books and cutting edge journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences for a global community of scholars, researchers, professionals, and educated readers. Often ranked as the largest university press in the United States, Chicago has developed an internationally respected list of academic, professional, and writing reference books, as well as a premier list of Chicago regional titles. Through its Chicago Distribution Services division, the Press also distributes books for more than two dozen not-for-profit scholarly presses and maintains the Chicago Digital Distribution Center with its unique digital printing center adjacent to the warehouse and the BiblioVault repository for book files. A complete list of books and journals published by Chicago can be found at: www.press.uchicago.edu.

About Princeton University Press

Princeton University Press is an independent not-for-profit publisher with a fundamental mission to disseminate scholarly works of the highest quality. The Press was founded by Charles Scribner in 1905, and has close connections to Princeton University. In promoting its mission in the evaluation and the widest distribution of academic material, the Press makes its publications available through libraries, bookstores, digital libraries, and other channels. Also, the Press has established editorial offices in the United Kingdom and licenses to foreign publishers. The Press maintains one of the largest title lists among US university presses through both traditional and on-demand technologies, with more that 3,500 titles available. For a complete list of works, see our searchable online catalog at pup.princeton.edu.

About Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

Copyright Clearance Center is the world's premier licensing agent for text reproduction rights and provider of licensing services for reproducing copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats. A not-for-profit organization founded in 1978, Copyright Clearance Center provides rights management for more than 1.75 million works represented by more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators, either directly or through their representatives. In addition, the company provides more than 10,000 corporations and subsidiaries (including most of the Fortune 100), as well as thousands of government agencies, law firms, document suppliers, libraries, academic institutions, copy shops and bookstores, with comprehensive licensing services. Copyright Clearance Center can be found at www.copyright.com.


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