In a further action in the Federal Court last Friday, Microsoft has sought and been given interlocutory orders against computer reseller CompuStar and Theresa Milosevic.
The interlocutory orders were made in relation to allegations of hardloading of Microsoft Works onto new PCs supplied by Milosevic's new direct marketing business.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the effect of the orders, which were made by Justice Tamberlin, is to restrain Milosevic and CompuStar from infringing Microsoft's copyright and trade mark rights until further order. She is also required to swear an affidavit on behalf of herself and CompuStar as to the volume of Microsoft products supplied by CompuStar, and the source of those products.
Microsoft last week had orders made against the embattled reseller under the name Passions Pty Ltd, trading as StarWorks Promotions and Marketing. The Federal Court declared the company had 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 Milosevic, the sole director of StarWorks, personally restraining her from supplying or being involved in the supply of copies of illegal Microsoft software.
According to a legal source, interlocutory orders are made when there is sufficient evidence, after which, subject to legal procedures and further action, final orders are made (ARN, page 1, December 15).