Two US Vars will be sued by Microsoft for selling illegal copies of Windows NT Server and Workstation to their customers. the move comes as the software giant takes an increasingly litigious stance on piracy, with European resellers also coming under scrutiny.
Microsoft alleges that an undercover informant bought pirate copies of the software from Vars Computers Under Retail and Future Information Design and is hoping to stem the rising flow of piracy in the US reseller market.
A Microsoft representative said it had even sent Future Information Design a warning letter before suing it, but it is determined to stop dealers installing network software without documentation.
Craig Fiebig, group product manager at Microsoft, said: "We are seeing rapid growth in consumer demand for server products, but we are also seeing an increase in server piracy from unscrupulous resellers. To continue bringing innovative products to market while keeping prices low for our customers, we will take a very hard stance against piracy."
Nobody at either Var made any comment on the Microsoft suits. The vendor said informants and Vars can contact it via email at [email protected] but only US resellers can call its telephone hotline - 800-RU-LEGIT.
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