Microsoft collars Busiquip counterfeit racket

Microsoft collars Busiquip counterfeit racket

Microsoft this week hauled another illegal dealership over the coals for selling counterfeit Microsoft software in their NSW stores.

According to Microsoft, the Busiquip group of companies and their director settled with the vendor for $100,000 after the company was sued for infringing Microsoft's copyright and trade mark rights.

Following several calls earlier this year to the Microsoft Anti-Piracy Hotline and a series of investigations, the retail chain was found to be selling counterfeit Windows 95 software through its Sydney metropolitan branches.

According to Dave Wrathall, Microsoft's Australian OEM sales manager, there is no excuse for trading in counterfeit product.

"Customers and distributors have the right to expect genuine Microsoft products and quality," he asserted. But, he added that: "Resellers and system builders have an obligation to ensure they obtain genuine software."

In addition to the settlement, Busiquip has consented to permanent orders of the Australian Federal Court restraining them from future infringement of Microsoft's copyright and trade mark rights, and from making representations about Microsoft's software products in breach of the Australian Trade Practices Act.

If you have any information about possible software counterfeiting rackets contact Microsoft's Anti-Piracy Hotline on 1800 639 936.

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