Melbourne reseller Goodview Electronics P/L, trading as Golden Square Computer Wholesale, was raided last week by Microsoft and its legal counsel as part of a new push to stamp out software piracy.
In executing an Anton Piller order and seizing alleged counterfeit product, Microsoft is attempting to prove Goodview Electronics, Golden Square Computers Wholesale and its director Keng Liu were in breach of Microsoft's intellectual property copyright.
The software giant said that after raiding the North Melbourne warehouse premises of the accused parties, it had seized product including Microsoft mice and Microsoft Windows 98 disks which it believed to be counterfeit.
"There is no excuse for trading in counterfeit product," warned David Wrathall, Microsoft's OEM manager. "Customers and distributors have the right to expect genuine Microsoft products and quality.
"We have established relationships with our authorised distributors Tech Pacific and Electronic Resources to take the risk out of purchasing potentially counterfeit product," he said.
Microsoft said Goodview Electronics appeared to be a "substantial operation" which assembles and distributes "between 3000 and 5000 PCs annually" which it markets under the "Gold PC" brand.
"Microsoft will go to great lengths to eradicate software piracy through continued educational initiatives and appropriate legal action to protect both the consumer and the software industry as a whole," Wrathall said.