Microsoft has settled a copyright infringement with second-hand software player Discount-Licensing Limited and underlined the dangers of resellers handling products that have first been sold into Europe.
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The Court backed Microsoft after it moved against Discount-Licensing, which had been selling second-hand licenses which had been illegitimately imported into Europe.
The case has been settled with Discount-Licensing paying Microsoft a significant sum to cover damages and legal costs and with the reseller abandoning its counterclaim over software that had been first sold into the European market. The reseller also has to abide by a court order that regulates its future conduct.
“Second-hand software buyers are rarely in a position to tell whether or not the transaction is legitimate, but it is they who bear the consequences and the potential liability if it turns out to be illegitimate," said Juan Hardoy, assistant general counsel, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft EMEA.
"Microsoft is absolutely committed to protecting customers from these risks. Microsoft will therefore continue to bring action against those who infringe its rights and distribute its software unlawfully," he added.
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Following the announcement that a copyright infringement case with Discount-Licensing had been settled to Microsoft's satisfaction the reseller has laid out its side of the story.
Discount-Licensing said that it had been sourcing a small number of licences sourced in the US and selling them into the European Economic Area but reduced its exposure following a US court judgment in a different case. "Discount-Licensing took the immediate precautionary step of freezing all of its unsold US sourced software licences stock and refrained from purchasing any further software licences from the US and any other non-EEA country," it told MicroScope.
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