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CompTIA Settles Suit with Cheet-Sheets.com

Association reaches settlement on copyright, trademark infringement lawsuit filed against Keen; other vendors keeping eyes on suit, pondering similar action.

CertCities' Editor Becky Nagel reports that the Computer Technology Industry Association recently settled a copyright and trademark lawsuit it filed May 21, 2001, against Keen Interactive, owners of the site Cheet-Sheets.com. In the suit, CompTIA alleged that Cheet-Sheets.com violated CompTIA's copyrights by selling questions that appear on CompTIA's A+ and other exams.

"We feel obliged to protect the integrity of our program," said Lutz Ziob, vice president of certification for CompTIA. The settlement requests that Keen destroy all CompTIA-related materials on the Cheet-Sheets site, compensate CompTIA for financial damages, and disclose to CompTIA customers who purchased materials on the site.

Several certification programs whose tests are also covered by Cheet-Sheets.com materials have been keeping an eye on this suit.

"Microsoft is aware of the issues surrounding Cheet-Sheets.com," said Anne Marie McSweeney, director of certification skills and assessment. "The value of certification resides in a given credential clearly representing a skill set and demonstrating that an individual has experience working with the technologies," she added. "Those companies and individuals who attempt to circumvent the normal process of earning a certification do a grave disservice to the industry and to themselves."

Read the full story at http://certcities.com/editorial/news/story.asp?EditorialsID=183.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Enterprise Computing and Education Groups, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy for the groups. She also serves as executive editor the ECG Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the ECG group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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