California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said that Indian clothing maker Pratibha Syntex has agreed to a settlement for allegedly pirating software.
The $100,000 settlement marks the first time a state has secured an enforceable judgment against an international company for these kinds of violations, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
“Pratibha Syntex engaged in illegal practices that placed California garment companies at a disadvantage,” Harris said in the statement.
Under the settlement, Pratibha didn’t admit violating the state’s unfair competition laws.
California has lost nearly 400,000 manufacturing and technology jobs over the last decade to countries with high rates of piracy, the statement said, citing a 2011 study by the Orange County Business Council. That resulted in California losing $1.6 billion from the economy and $700 million in tax revenue, the study said.
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