Filed Against Eight eBay Sellers - Alleges Pirated Software Sold on
Online Auction Site
Microsoft (MS) is suing eight sellers on eBay for distributing
counterfeit computer software. According to Microsoft, all but one
seller was targeted when customers used the Microsoft online
verification program called Windows Genuine Advantage.
This legal action is meant to “protect its legitimate business partners
and customers from dishonest business practices and the risks associated
with pirated and counterfeit software”, according to MS. The company
hopes to educate buyers that the low priced software offers are not
always what they appear to be.
The eight defendants are located in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida,
Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York and Washington. Microsoft
routinely monitors auction sites and offline locations for pirated
software sales. They also promote a hotline for those that suspect
piracy - 1-800-RU-LEGIT (785-3448).
Legitimate software sellers have complained since the 80’s that pirated
software sellers harm their business. Many of these legitimate sellers
applaud this recent legal action. According to Michael Schwab, vice
president of purchasing for D&H, a wholesale distributor of computer and
peripheral products, “Honest resellers are losing business because of
illegal sales on online auction sites.”
The Business Software Alliance, claims that 21 percent of all software
in the United States is pirated. When a person unintentionally buys MS
pirated software, they are not entitled to receive the benefits offered
to genuine software users. These important benefits include technical
support and free product updates. This could leave buyers with inferior
products, that won’t be updated to protect them from viruses, malicious
code and spyware which may find their way onto their computer.
By Dan Wilson
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