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Rosetta Stone Continues Fight Against Software Piracy, Making Online Shopping Safer For Consumers

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions, is strengthening its efforts to combat software piracy and fraud during the online retail holiday season, which experts say will be the largest by far in history.

Last month it was announced that Rosetta Stone entered into a settlement agreement with Google by which both companies agreed to collaborate to combat online ads for counterfeit goods and prevent the misuse and abuse of trademarks on the Internet.

“The Google settlement is a significant victory for consumer protection, and goes a long way toward advancing our goals around software piracy and fraud,” said Michael Wu, general counsel of Rosetta Stone. “At Rosetta Stone, we want to protect our customers as much as possible, and we’ll continue to work hard to help lend a peace-of-mind during this busy online shopping season.”

As part of Rosetta Stone’s continuing effort to enforce its rights under intellectual property laws, the company administers an active anti-piracy enforcement program partnering with law enforcement to stop IP theft. Rosetta Stone recognizes the following law enforcement partners for taking action to protect consumers and safeguard the nation's economic security against those who seek to profit illegally from the company’s creativity, innovation and hard work:
  • U.S. ICE Cyber Crimes Center (C3), Homeland Security Investigations in Fairfax, Virginia
  • U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • U.S. ICE & Homeland Security Investigations in Houston, Texas
  • U.S. ICE & Homeland Security Investigations in California
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Capitol Heights, Maryland
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in California
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in California
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in California
  • Riverside County Sheriff's Office in California
  • Portland Police Bureau, Portland Police Department in Oregon
  • Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF)
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in California
  • Los Angeles Police Department in California
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California
  • The Office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina
  • Virginia State Police
  • Miami Dade Police Department, Northside General Investigations Unit in Florida

Rosetta Stone has reached settlements in cases against 111 individuals for illegally copying, downloading, sharing and/or selling of counterfeit Rosetta Stone language-learning software. These settlements include infringers located in the following 101 cities across 32 states in the U.S., as well as two cities in Canada:
     
Little Rock, AR Collinsville, IL Greenville, NC Providence, RI
Scottsdale, AZ Carmel, IN Jacksonville, NC Columbia, SC
Arcadia, CA Columbus, IN Omaha, NE Newberry, SC
Berkeley, CA New Carlisle, IN Aberdeen, NJ Leoma, TN
Los Angeles, CA Chalmette, LA Hammonton, NJ Oakland, TN
Morgan Hill, CA Lake Charles, LA Lambertville, NJ Bayou Vista, TX
San Francisco, CA Athol, MA Long Branch, NJ Brownsville, TX
Santa Cruz, CA Harwich, MA Pine Brook, NJ Corpus Christi, TX
Walnut, CA Littleton, MA Las Vegas, NV Cypress, TX
Washington, DC Medford, MA Sparks, NV El Paso, TX
Cape Coral, FL Orange, MA Bay Shore, NY Houston, TX
Deltona, FL Pittsfield, MA Brockport, NY Irving, TX
Fort Pierce, FL Springfield, MA Bronx, NY San Angelo, TX
Gainesville, FL New Market, MD Brooklyn, NY Spring, TX
Hollywood, FL Eastpointe, MI Middletown, NY Salt Lake City, UT
Jacksonville, FL Menominee, MI New York, NY Spanish Fork, UT
Naples, FL White Lake, MI South Richmond Hill, NY Fairfax, VA
Orange Park, FL Burnsville, MN Woodside, NY Manassas, VA
Sunrise, FL Minneapolis, MN Akron, OH Midlothian, VA
Wesley Chapel, FL Sartell, MN Hamilton, OH Camano Island, WA
Atlanta, GA Shakopee, MN Moore, OK Port Orchard, WA
Marietta, GA Manchester, MO Oklahoma City, OK Vancouver, WA
Perry, GA Apex, NC Redmond, OR Delavan, WI
Powder Springs, GA Burlington, NC Downingtown, PA London, Ontario, Canada
Boise, ID Fayetteville, NC Fairfield, PA Laval, Quebec, Canada
Lewiston, ID Fuquay Varina, NC Philadelphia, PA
 

As part of its enforcement program, Rosetta Stone educates the public about the risks associated with pirated software and its damaging effects on the economy and product innovation. To report piracy of Rosetta Stone products or inquire about the legitimacy of Rosetta Stone products, consumers should send an e-mail to piracy@RosettaStone.com or call 800-788-0822.

For more information, please visit www.RosettaStone.com/global/anti-piracy.

About Rosetta Stone Inc.

Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta Stone offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA., and has offices in Harrisonburg, VA, Boulder, CO, Tokyo, Seoul, London, and Sao Paulo.

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