A Duke University graduate student and the operator of Web sites accused in a lawsuit of posting her term paper online without permission have reached a settlement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Blue Macellari sued Rusty Carroll, his Carbondale, Ill.-based company R2C2 Inc. and South Carolina-based Digitalsmiths Corp. in August, alleging copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and damage to her reputation. She had sought more than $100,000.