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RECORD NUMBER OF SOFTWARE PIRATES HOOKED IN 1992

* Illegal copying of software costs the PC software industry over $1.2 billion in the US in 1991, according to the Software Publishers Association.

The SPA, which investigates cases of copyright infringement on behalf of its members, said 1992 marked the most active year for anti-piracy activities to date. The association took action against 747 organizations, including 218 audits and lawsuits, which resulted in payment of $3.9 million in fines and penalties.

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Of the audits and lawsuits filed, 95 percent were corporate cases.