Victory for Microsoft

Microsoft has ended the year indicating there is little chance of it showing goodwill to counterfeiters as it notched up another High Court settlement and issued writs against auction sellers.

Microsoft has ended the year indicating there is little chance of it showing goodwill to counterfeiters as it notched up another High Court settlement and issued writs against auction sellers.

The latest case, against distributor Netcom, resulted from tip-offs that helped Microsoft discover the channel player was parallel importing, distributing media kits to unlicensed users and passing on unbundled and recycled certificates of authenticity.

Michala Wardell, UK head of anti-piracy at Microsoft, said the case showed problems extended beyond straightforward clone copying and hard disk loading.

The vendor has also issued High Court writs against 52 eBay sellers - six of which are in the UK, including three Power Sellers - showing its commitment to fight piracy in all its forms.

"These are individuals selling high quality counterfeit," she said.

Jon Atherton, group vice president at Enta Technologies, said that as an authorised distributor he backed the anti-piracy moves, but hoped that resellers would acknowledge what had happened.

"Other people in the industry thinking of doing it need to be warned away," he said.

Matt Burridge-Pawley, marketing manager at Blue Solutions, said the responsibility for promoting authorised status was in the distributor's hands and resellers needed to understand the value of buying from those suppliers.

Netcom was unavailable for comment.

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