Western Australian dealer Suntrack Holdings agreed to pay $105,000 in fines after it was reported to have breached copyright laws by "hard disk loading" Microsoft software.
Suntrack allegedly loaded unauthorised copies of Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Office 97 on computers and then on-sold them to customers without the appropriate documentation, licence agreements, original disks or manuals.
According to Microsoft officials, the vendor became aware of Suntrack's illegal activities through four different reports received by the Microsoft piracy hotline.
Microsoft corporate attorney Vanessa Hutley said businesses need to take note of the risks involved with pirating software, given the large penalties if caught.
"The Federal Court clearly views software piracy as a serious matter. This judgement against Suntrack Holdings should leave no doubt in the minds of illegal software dealers and businesses that they face stiff penalties for violating copyright," she warned.