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Symantec Files Software Piracy Suits

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced that it has filed a series of eight civil lawsuits against
distributors of counterfeit Symantec software, seeking a total of more than
$55 million in damages from the cases involved.

The suits were all filed at the United States District Court level in the
California, involving the following businesses in their respective states:
Acortech, (California); mPlus, (California); Logical Plus, (New York);
SoftwareOutlets.com, (Florida); Rowcal Distribution, (California); Global
Impact, Inc., (Florida); Directron.com, (Texas); eDirect Software, (Canada).

In the filings, Symantec included claims that the businesses engaged in
trademark infringement, copyright infringement, fraud, unfair competition,
trafficking in counterfeit labels and documentation, and false advertising.
Symantec has asked for a jury trial in each case and is seeking damages in
profits from each entity ranging from $4 million to $10 million in each
claim.

"The threat posed by these software pirates to users and the safety of their
personal and financial online information cannot be overstated," said Scott
Minden, director, Legal Affairs, Symantec. "Counterfeit software might not
work properly and damage a user's machine, or it can be loaded with identity
theft programs. Counterfeit software also may not be able to receive
automatic updates and as a result leave the user vulnerable to new online
threats. These software pirates were moving large quantities of counterfeit
product and, as a result, numerous unsuspecting users are now at risk for
having their information stolen or lost."

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC)