Lenovo, Computer Makers Settle Case Over Green Dam Software

Lenovo Group Ltd. and other computer makers settled a lawsuit brought by a California software maker who had claimed the Green Dam software installed on personal computers in China infringes its copyright.

“The parties have reached a settlement resolving the entire case,” Cybersitter LLC, the software maker, said yesterday in a filing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed in the filing.

Closely held Cybersitter sued China, seven computer makers and two Chinese software makers in 2010, seeking $2.2 billion in damages over allegations the Green Dam program illegally copies more than 3,000 lines of code from Cybersitter’s Internet content-filtering program. The Chinese government made Green Dam mandatory on personal computers sold there in 2009.

Researchers in China have reported that Green Dam contains more than 6,500 political keyword filters, including words related to China’s control of Tibet, the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and the government-banned Falun Gong religious group, Cybersitter said in its complaint.

Robert Schwartz, a lawyer for Lenovo in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the settlement. Elliot Gipson, a lawyer for Santa Barbara, California-based Cybersitter, didn’t immediately return a call to his office.

Gipson said in a telephone interview last month that China hadn’t responded to the complaint and that U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker last year granted a motion for entry of default against the country.

The case is Cybersitter v. the People’s Republic of China, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Santa Ana).

(Updates with Lenovo lawyer declining to comment in fifth paragraph.)
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