A coalition of software makers that includes Microsoft Corp. has targeted the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), alleging its teachers and other employees have illegally copied software programs.

The charges of piracy could cost the nation's second-largest school district (after New York City) nearly $5 million over the next three years.

Under a proposed settlement, the district would pay $300,000 to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a trade group based in Washington State that was formed by Microsoft and other software producers to protect their copyrights. ...

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