Settlement Reached in Software-Related Lawsuit
PROVO, Utah December 14, 1998 Novell, Inc. announced that it has settled its
lawsuit against Mahboobeh, Inc., also doing business as Macroland, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland. The
settlement included a cash payment of $525,000 which has already been received by Novell.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, alleged that
Macroland, Inc. violated its licensing agreement with Novell. Under the terms of the agreement, Macroland,
Inc. was permitted to sell licenses of Novell software products and was required to report those sales to
Novell. The lawsuit alleged that Macroland, Inc. had under reported the license sales to Novell.
The lawsuit also alleged that Macroland, Inc. had improperly acquired and distributed Novell upgrade
products to customers that were not entitled to purchase Novell upgrades. In addition, after the lawsuit was
filed, Novell discovered that a number of counterfeit copies of its NetWare software had allegedly been
distributed by Macroland, Inc.
"As Novell has demonstrated over and over again, we take the matter of software piracy very seriously,"
stated David Bradford, senior vice president and general counsel. "We are pleased that Macroland has
agreed to take responsibility and settle this matter".
Novell investigated over 1300 cases worldwide in fiscal 1998. More than $11 billion each year is lost to
software piracy, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and Software Publisher's Association
(SPA). Novell is an active member of both the SPA and BSA.
Novell has established an anti-piracy group and telephone hotline for reporting illegal use of Novell
software or making related inquiries. Call 1-800 PIRATES (800-747-2837) or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The anti-piracy group also has a web site at
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