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April 17, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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SIIA's Court Victory Upholds Informant's Privacy

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced its victory in a 9-year court case against Solers, Inc. The legal dispute arose over the identity of an anonymous informant who reported Solers’ alleged software copyright infringement to SIIA. Solers tried to sue the informant for defamation, but SIIA refused to reveal his or her identity.

The judge finally ruled that because Solers did not lose money after the informant alerted SIIA of the alleged infringement, it would not be allowed to learn the informant’s identity. The judge dismissed the defamation suit and also found that the informant’s report to SIIA was unreliable.

“SIIA will stop at nothing to protect the identities of those who report software and content piracy to us in confidence,” says Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA’s general counsel and SVP of intellectual property. “The Court’s Order hands SIIA an important victory and vindicates the rights of whistleblowers. For SIIA, this case has always been about protecting the informant’s identity and, after a long nine-year fight, we achieved that goal.”

Source: Software & Information Industry Association

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