HISD settles copyright case for $7.8M after ‘unexpected’ jury verdict
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HISD settles copyright case for $7.8M after ‘unexpected’ jury verdict

In this image taken from DynaStudy’s lawsuit against Houston ISD, lawyers for the company illustrate how they believe a school district teacher cropped out the company’s logo and copyright information from a DynaStudy biology study guide before sharing the remaining content with other educators. HISD agreed this month to settle DynaStudy’s lawsuit for $7.8 million. The cost of Houston ISD employees intentionally and repeatedly violating an Austin-based company’s copyrights on study guides is now final: $7.8 million. HISD and the educational materials supplier DynaStudy agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement earlier this month, ending three and a half years of litigation stemming from extensive copyright violations, according to a copy of the settlement obtained through a public records request. The agreement is slightly less than the $9.2-million verdict awarded to DynaStudy by jurors in May, but significantly more than the $800,000 final settlement offer HISD made before the trial. The two sides continued to negotiate a settlement following the jury’s verdict, as HISD sought a new trial or a reduction in the award. HISD is expected to pay the settlement out of the district’s general fund, which covers day-to-day expenses, such as employee salaries and program costs. The district maintains […]

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