Symantec has refused to retract its Norton Uninstall Deluxe from the market although a judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the company.
The security software firm is locked in a legal battle with Cyber Media, which has claimed Symantec is now liable to be found in contempt of court, exposing it to damages charges that ?go through the roof?.
?We absolutely are continuing to ship Norton Uninstall Deluxe,? Symantec vice president for security and assistance products Enrique Salem told ?VNU Newswire? on Friday. ?It?s a shame [Cyber Media] are distorting what the Judge said.?
Jom Tolonen, Cyber Media president and chief operating officer, said: ?If they don?t follow this order, and continue shipping this code, the damages will go through the roof. They?ll be in contempt of court.?
Both companies also described their opponent?s press releases on the case as ?publicity stunts?.
The legal and technical jumble surrounding Symantec and Cyber Media isn?t about to get any clearer. Both companies have been involved in a murky copyright suit since February.
Last October, Symantec launched Norton Uninstall Deluxe (NUD), a program that removes unwanted applications from a Windows PC. The product competes with Cyber Media?s established Uninstaller product.
In February 1998, CyberMedia filed a complaint against Symantec, claiming that NUD infringed on its copyrights. Symantec immediately denied the accusations.
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