Novell has accused a New York based IT firm of tampering with upgrade software and selling it as an original product.
As part of its long running battle against software pirates, Novell has issued Computer Add-Ons with a lawsuit accusing it of copyright infringement, false advertising and dilution of trademarks, among other claims.
Novell further alleges that Computer Add-Ons obtained and sold unbundled OEM software.
David Bradford, senior vice president and general counsel at Novell, said: "These kinds of business practices not only confuse the honest customer looking to purchase quality Novell products, but also hurt our reseller partners who sell products at competitive prices."
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