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Delrina

Delrina
Delrina
895 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON M3C 1W3
Canada
Year Founded:
Year Defunct:
1988
1995
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Delrina was a Canadian software company founded in Toronto in 1988 and acquired by the American software firm Symantec in 1995. Delrina's business strategy was to "establish technical and market leadership in niche markets", which it accomplished with its electronic form and PC-based fax software. Delrina's electronic form products included PerForm and FormFlow, but it was best-known for its WinFax software package. WinFax enabled computers equipped with fax-modems to transmit faxes to standalone fax machines or other similarly equipped computers. Delrina also produced a set of popular screensavers, including one that resulted in a well-publicized lawsuit for copyright and trademark infringement (Berkeley Systems Inc. v. Delrina). The case set a precedent in American law whereby satiric commercial software products are not subject to the same First Amendment exemptions as parodic cartoons or literature.

The firm grew steadily over the course of the early 1990s, with revenues from WinFax amounting to 80% of the company's revenues. It attempted to diversify into other areas such with online communications software with its WinComm product and produced a Web browser called Cyberjack that ultimately could not compete effectively in the emerging browser wars. The firm was sold to Symantec in 1995. After the company was acquired by Symantec, various divisions were sold off and several of Delrina's former executives went on to found venture capital firms.