Microsoft Files 8 Lawsuits Targeting Counterfeiting

    April 11, 2005

Microsoft’s legal department announced the filing of 8 lawsuits in 7 different states against PC developers and resellers for the alleged distribution of counterfeit, illicit and unlicensed Microsoft software and the components accompanying them.

Microsoft filed these lawsuits in California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Alabama, Maryland and Rhode Island. They are a result of Microsoft’s test purchase program, which strives to ensure the software being sold and distributed actually holds a the appropriate software license.

“Our partners are coming to us and asking for our help,” said Bonnie MacNaughton, senior attorney at Microsoft.

“They are being undercut and forced out of business by having to compete with dishonest PC manufacturers and resellers who continue to sell illegitimate software. That isn’t fair to our partners or to the customers who depend on them.”

Microsoft’s release concerning the lawsuits reveals they were filed against the following companies:

  • Abacus Computer Corp., of Anaheim, Calif.
  • Avantek Inc., of Orlando, Fla.
  • First E-Commerce (dba Discount Electronics and/or, of Austin, Texas
  • M&S Computer Products Inc., of Boonton, N.J.
  • Micro Excell Inc., of Gadsden, Ala.
  • Odyssey Computers, of Pasadena, Md.
  • Signature PC, aka Signature Computers, of Warwick, R.I.
  • Technology One, of Los Angeles.
  • “Resellers who sell counterfeit software and components at a supposed ‘discount’ are certainly undercutting honest businesses and creating a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace,” said Sean Dion, education sales director for TKO EDucation in Westlake Village, Calif.

    “The really sad thing is they are putting consumers and businesses at risk because, ultimately, the buyer is buying illegitimate product. The lure of cheap software is real, but the risk is far too great not to be 100 percent legal. TKO EDucation fully supports Microsoft’s continued action to level the playing field for honest businesses.”

    To ensure you don’t fall under Microsoft’s criteria for lawsuit action, be sure the software being sold is legitimate and displays Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels.

    Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.