StarWorks restrained over software piracy

StarWorks restrained over software piracy

The Federal Court has made final orders against Passions Pty Ltd, trading as StarWorks Promotions and Marketing, declaring the company infringed the copyright and trademark rights of Microsoft and breached the Trade Practices Act by the supply of unlicensed operating systems.

The court also made interlocutory orders against Theresa Milosevic, the sole director of StarWorks, personally restraining her from supplying or being involved in the supply of copies of illegal Microsoft software.

Microsoft corporate attorney for the South Asia Pacific region, Ron Eckstrom, said: "Microsoft is committed to supporting and protecting the genuine distribution community and its customers from dishonest dealers who profit from piracy. Honest people trying to make an honest living are shouldering heavy costs because of dealers selling illegal software."

In this case, StarWorks allegedly loaded illegal software onto second-hand computers and sold them to numerous consumers in Australia and New Zealand.

Consumers, who believed they were getting licensed software, did not receive license agreements, manuals or original disks with their system.

StarWorks did not defend the case and is now in liquidation. Microsoft has also started proceedings against Milosevic's new company CompuStar, of which she is also sole director, alleging she is now loading illegal Microsoft software onto new computers.

Software users are encouraged to report dealers trading in illegal software to the Microsoft Anti-Piracy Hotline on 1800 639 963.

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