Microsoft is pursuing a major US distributor as the brains behind an international software scam. The news came after the software giant settled its differences with one of two UK channel firms it alleged were involved in illicit traffic of its Office suite.
Microsoft has settled with Surrey-based Q&M Technology, which has admitted its part in the affair, but will take another company it claims was part of the ring to court. Microsoft said that it has issued a writ against Essex-based Multimicro Distribution after it failed to cease selling the software concerned.
Sharon Bailey, a software theft manager at Microsoft UK, said: ?Q&M is now selling legal software from Microsoft but Multimicro is going to court.? The writ claims it had #20,000 of illegal software stored at its premises, which it had bought at educational software prices abroad, taking advantage of the grey market to sell it in the UK at a far lower price than advertised.
The emergency injunction meant that Multimicro was forced to turn over its stocks of Microsoft software to court officials. Director Stuart Woolcott and two other Canadian directors of the company will be involved in a court case.
Now the US academic software distributor is under investigation by the Business Software Alliance, which Microsoft will use to pursue its cases abroad.
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