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 NOVATO, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Software Toolworks Inc. (NASDAQ: TWRX), a leading supplier of CD-ROM software, today announced support for the U.S. Attorney's indictments brought by the U.S. Attorney's office in San Jose for the counterfeiting of Software Toolworks products. The indictment was announced in a press conference held earlier today in San Jose, Calif.
 "The U.S. Attorney's office and the U.S. Customs office have had our complete support throughout the investigation," said Bob Lloyd, The Software Toolworks' chairman and chief executive officer. "We applaud their efforts and appreciate their decision to make international software piracy a priority. Thanks to the swift action of the U.S. Customs service, we believe the sale of counterfeit product into either the United States or Asian distribution channels has been minimized."
 Six products were identified in the indictment: the award-winning "The San Diego Zoo Presents(TM) ... The Animals!(TM)," "The Software Toolworks(R) U.S. Atlas," "The Software Toolworks(R) World Atlas," "Toolworks(TM) Reference Library," "The Software Toolworks(R) Multimedia Encyclopedia," and "The Secret of Monkey Island." The counterfeit products were produced in Hong Kong and shipped to the United States for distribution into the American market.
 In addition to distributing internally developed products, The Software Toolworks also publishes and distributes products produced by outside developers. The Secret of Monkey Island, one of the titles listed in the indictment, is a Lucasfilm Games product.
 "LucasArts Entertainment Co. strongly supports the efforts of The Software Toolworks, the U.S. Attorney's office, the U.S. Customs Service and others to combat software piracy wherever it is found," said Robert Roden, LucasArts' director of business affairs. "Piracy of intellectual property costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, and hits especially hard on the rapidly expanding entertainment, communications and information industries. LucasArts will continue to cooperate whenever possible with the government and with its industry colleagues to stop such illegal activities, and to ensure that the goods reaching the public are genuine and of the highest quality."
 When the software industry introduced CD-ROMs, many companies thought issues such as piracy were behind them. Unlike floppy disk software, CD-ROMs cannot be copied onto another CD-ROM by a personal computer. Personal computers copy software by reading from one disk and writing to another. CD-ROMs are read-only devices and cannot be written to.
 "This incident shows that the advent of CD-ROM will not eliminate the piracy problem as many software companies had hoped. Unfortunately, the pirates are keeping pace with the industry's technological advances. It pays to be prepared to enforce your rights in your software by registering your copyright and your trademark, and recording it with U.S. Customs. The registration of copyrights is important when prosecuting counterfeit cases. A copyright establishes ownership," said Aimee Jorgensen Esq., Ware & Freidenrich, attorneys for The Software Toolworks.
 "The Software Toolworks will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney's office and with the U.S. Customs office throughout the prosecution of the case," concluded Lloyd. "We will aggressively pursue this and all other attempts to pirate products and intellectual property."
 The Software Toolworks Inc. develops, publishes and distributes entertainment, edutainment and educational products for IBM(R) and compatibles, Macintosh(R), CD-ROM MS-DOS, CD-ROM Macintosh, MPC (CD-ROM Windows), 3DO(TM), Sega(TM) CD, Nintendo Entertainment System(R), Super Nintendo Entertainment System(R), Game Boy(R) and Sega(TM) Genesis(TM).
 The Software Toolworks is headquartered in Novato, with offices in Chatsworth, Calif., Naperville, Ill., London, Dusseldorf, Germany, Paris, and Castle Hill, Australia. The company is listed on NASDAQ under TWRX.
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