KAPLI Settles Copyright Charges

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
December 08, 2011 /

The American Institute of CPAs has settled its copyright-infringement lawsuit against KAPLI Inc., a review course provider, over the company’s alleged use of certain of AICPA’s Uniform CPA Examination questions and test items not previously made public.

Under the settlement, the review course provider has agreed to a financial settlement, the terms of which are confidential.

The review course provider has stated its intent to improve the public’s awareness of the AICPA’s copyrights and the integrity of the Uniform CPA Examination and agreed to educate its examinees regarding the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of the Uniform CPA Examination questions and test items.

Toward that end, and pursuant to the settlement, the parties have entered into a license agreement under which the AICPA will release to KAPLI certain CPA Examination content and test materials for use in its review courses.

“We are committed to protecting the public interest by ensuring the Uniform CPA Exam is conducted in a fair and level testing environment,” said Craig Mills, AICPA vice president of examinations.

“We are pleased that this review course provider has agreed to cooperate in our ongoing investigation of candidates who may have violated their confidentiality commitment by improperly sharing questions and test items.”

AICPA will provide any actionable information to the relevant state boards of accountancy, along with possible recommendations to cancel scores and revoke eligibility to sit for the exam.

“The AICPA has a number of tools to detect cheating and question stealing and any individual or group who engages in inappropriate behavior will be aggressively pursued,” said Mills.

The AICPA has agreed that once all the terms and conditions of the settlement have been met, the lawsuit will be dismissed.


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