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Russian School Director Fined in Microsoft Piracy Case


A Russian court has found the director of a village school in a remote region guilty of copyright violations for allowing students to use computers with pirated Microsoft software.

Russian media say history teacher Alexander Ponosov was charged last year after he purchased a set of computers with unlicensed software for his school.

Ponosov -- a headmaster in Russia's Perm region -- testified he did not know the computers had fake licenses when they were delivered. The court ordered him to pay a fine of about $194 -- one half of his monthly wage.

Microsoft says it had nothing to do with the charges brought by Russian prosecutors, and says it has no plans or desire to bring any case against the teacher.

Last year, Russia and the United States signed a protocol on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization.

The protocol includes Russian commitments to crack down on software piracy, which Western trade experts say is rampant in Russia and in China.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.