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Microsoft Sues US Resellers Over Software Piracy

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

03 December 2004


Microsoft this week launched legal action against eight US computer resellers, arguing that the firms in question infringed its copyright and trademarks by selling pirated software labelled with Certificates of Authenticity (COA) which did not belong to the products being retailed.

COAs are used to identify genuine Microsoft software and computers that have been preloaded legitimately with the firm's operating system and other software.

However, following a year-long investigation into the eight companies in question, Microsoft revealed that they had been separating genuine COAs from PCs and re-using them on systems loaded with pirated copies of Windows, or to authenticate other Microsoft software.

The decision to take legal action against the resellers forms part of a larger ongoing campaign by the software giant to protect its intellectual property.


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