Embarrassments

The Commerce Dept., charged with protecting copyrights, can't seem to keep its skirts clean at home. The agency's inspector general has found that Commerce's import-administration office still hasn't paid for $120,000 worth of pirated software found in its computers in 1990 after a tipster complained. The IG's report, requested by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), found that only some of the illegal personal-computer software had been expunged. The report suggests that Commerce work out a financial settlement with software publishers.

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