Handii forks out $70,000 for counterfeit Microsoft software

Handii forks out $70,000 for counterfeit Microsoft software

As part of the settlement, it is also required to supply customers with genuine copies of Windows 7 Professional at no extra charge

Queensland-based Handii has agreed to pay Microsoft $70,000 in compensation after being caught selling counterfeit Windows 7 software pre-installed on its Handii-branded tablet PCs.

As part of the settlement in the Federal Court, it will also assist customers by getting them genuine copies of Windows 7 Professional at no extra charge.

This only effects tablets featuring Windows 7 Professional and not Windows 7 Home Premium version.

Anyone who has purchased a Handii tablet PC with Windows 7 Professional installed is advised to contact Handii.

The Australian civil proceedings were part of a coordinated enforcement action taken on April 7 against a counterfeit software piracy network uncovered across Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, following a six month investigation.

Police raids were conducted against resellers that had sold Handii computers in Singapore and Malaysia, which were timed to occur simultaneously. Urgent interlocutory injunctions were obtained in the Federal Court of Australia against Handii.

The three coordinated enforcement actions were all conducted on the same day to prevent tip-offs and ensure that evidence was preserved.

The Singapore and Malaysian police teams, together with the Microsoft Counterfeit Investigation unit, seized over a thousand pieces of software in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as a number of Handii-branded tablet PCs that had unlicensed copies of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional installed.

Criminal proceedings are ongoing in Singapore and Malaysia against a separately owned and operated distributor of Handii tablet PCs. These criminal proceedings relate to separate piracy allegations and do not involve Handii.

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