The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will pay a computer trade group $300,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that copyrighted computer programs were being unlawfully duplicated for use in schools.

The settlement, approved Feb. 9 by the LAUSD school board, also requires the district to spend $1.5 million over the next three years on an eight-member team to find and eliminate any unauthorized software and to train staff and students on district policy prohibiting the unlawful duplication of computer programs.

The Business Software Alliance, an organization formed by Microsoft Corp., Novell Inc., and other computer software...

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