Pa. Judge Won't Enforce Pirated Software License Agreements

By Matthew Santoni (January 4, 2021, 4:39 PM EST) -- An electric car company's acceptance of the software licensing agreement on allegedly pirated programs does not create an enforceable contract, as there was no actual agreement or consideration between the parties, a Pittsburgh federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Horan said that without payment, clicking "I Agree" on the bootleg software would not bind California-based electric-car maker SF Motors Inc. to the agreement's specification that legal disputes would be decided in Pennsylvania, where engineering software company Ansys Inc. is based.

Without an enforceable forum selection clause in the agreement, there was nothing in Ansys' copyright lawsuit against SF Motors...

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