Pirates under pressure

Pirates under pressure

Microsoft Australia is stepping up its copyright infringement enforcement after 12 Australian dealers were caught peddling counterfeit software.

The dealers have agreed to pay settlements amounting to $119,000. The proceeds will be donated to community organisations.

Microsoft is sending a strong warning to dishonest dealers engaging in copyright infringement saying it will continue to protect honest Australian software dealers and customers.

"Microsoft is serious about reducing piracy to protect consumers from unscrupulous dealers and support the honest dealer," says Alex Mercer, spokesperson for Microsoft Law and Corporate Affairs. "Vulnerable consumers are being deceived by dishonest dealers that leave a trail of frustration in their paths."According to figures released last week by research firm International Planning and Research, the Australian software industry losses $264 million annually to software piracy.

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