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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DECISION IN SYMANTEC'S FAVOR; BROWN BAG SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT CASE ENDS

 SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DECISION IN SYMANTEC'S FAVOR;
 BROWN BAG SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT CASE ENDS
 CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, exonerating Symantec of copyright violation claims raised by Brown Bag Software. The Supreme Court let stand the prior decisions of two federal courts that Symantec's GrandView(R) program does not violate Brown Bag's copyright on the program PC-Outline.
 "We are delighted that every court which has considered Brown Bag's charges against Symantec has squarely rejected them, and that Brown Bag's groundless copyright charges have finally been put to rest," said Gordon E. Eubanks Jr., Symantec's president and chief executive officer.
 Attorney Mitchell Zimmerman, representing Symantec, commented that, "The Brown Bag decision is part of an important emerging trend, limiting the scope of copyright protection for computer programs. The decision makes it easier for defendants to dispose of baseless 'look and feel' infringement claims."
 One June 8, 1988, Brown Bag Software filed a lawsuit against Symantec claiming that the "look and feel" of the GrandView program was "substantially similar" to an earlier Brown Bag product known as PC-Outline. Brown Bag asked to court to stop the sale of GrandView. The court refused, however, commenting that Brown Gag's prospects of prevailing were "not evident or high."
 On Aug. 24, 1989, the Federal District Court in San Jose granted Symantec's motion for summary judgment. In his written order granting summary judgment, Judge Robert P. Aguilar noted many of the differences in the expression of the outlining ideas of the two programs including the opening computer screens of the two programs, the text of menu options, descriptions of program functions and appearance of windows in the two programs. Judge Aguilar concluded: "No reasonable jury could find that the screens (for the two programs) are substantially similar."
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM personal computers and compatibles, and Apple Macintosh computers. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 800-441-7234 toll-free, or 408-252-3570.
 NOTE: Brand and product references herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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 /CONTACT: Terri Sammonds of Symantec, 408-725-2752, or Lerry Wilson of Wilson McHenry, 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
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