US and European software pirates must pay Novell $12.7 million after the company won its legal battle against counterfeit software resellers.
Californian courts awarded Novell the huge settlement after it took some of the resellers it accused to court. Most dealers settled with Novell out of court, but Novell took action against Softcom Computers, Software Distribution Center, Allnet Computers, Advanced Digital Corporation, Digital Soft Technologies, Grand Software Corporation and 10 individuals.
Novell said it was pleased and the ruling showed software pirates will be found and prosecuted. It did not say how much of the money it expects to receive from the defendants or how many of them are in the US. The resellers were found guilty of selling upgrade products as new and pocketing the profit.
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