Microsoft has filed lawsuits against two US resellers, accusing them of software piracy.
In a statement, Microsoft said the legal action was part of a renewed effort to stop piracy of its BackOffice and Windows NT Server and Workstation software.
The lawsuits were filed in the US district court in Arizona against the two unnamed companies following undercover operations. In the first case, Microsoft alleges its investigators, who have also not been identified, discovered the resellers installing unauthorised copies of NT Server and Workstation on a customer's network. The investigators are understood to have video evidence showing the installation of the software as well as taped recordings of the accused. The lawsuit claims copyright infringement.
The other case involves the alleged sale of a counterfeit copy of NT Server to an undercover Microsoft detective. It is not clear how the software was actually bought, but again, video evidence is thought to be available. The reseller is being charged with copyright and trademark infringement.
The two resellers were caught as part of Microsoft's latest national campaign to clampdown on software piracy, which is particularly severe on server products. "We are seeing rapid growth in consumer demand for server products, but we are also seeing an increase in server piracy from unscrupulous resellers," said Craig Fiebig, group product manager at Microsoft, in the US.
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