Microsoft sting adds to Comet’s woes


Microsoft sting adds to Comet’s woes

Karl Flinders

Microsoft has filed proceedings against electronics retailer Comet after it was discovered to have created and sold over 94,000 copies of Windows Vista and XP recovery CDs.

Comet, which is owned by French company Kesa Electricals, allegedly produced the counterfeit software in a factory in Hampshire and then sold it to customers from UK retail outlets on Windows-loaded PCs and laptops.

Struggling Comet is rumoured to be in the process of being sold for £2 to a turnaround specialist group OpCapita.

“As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” said David Finn, associate general counsel, worldwide anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting at Microsoft. 

Comet was unavailable for comment as this story was published.

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