The Business Software Alliance (BSA) continues to keep its legalteam busy after issuing proceedings against the owner of Wolverhampton-basedRJ-Software.
Richard Clark, who ran RJ-Software from his home wasdiscovered to be selling counterfeit copies of a range of software including Adobe,Autodesk, Corel and Quark.
The legal action resulted in Clarksuspending his business and agreeing to stop selling counterfeit software andpay damages for the distribution of 24 batches of fake software discs.
In a statement Clarks aidthat being served with court proceedings made it clear he had to stop selling counterfeitgoods: “I had no idea that the BSA had beenmonitoring my business with a view to shutting me down. I certainly won’t beselling any more counterfeit software – I was lucky to keep my house.”
In response, Najeeb Khan,Vice Chair of the BSA UK Country Committee, said that the latest casehighlighted the determination that the industry group had in eradicating counterfeitsoftware.
“The IT industry cannotcondone any activity which undermines companies’ intellectual property: thebedrock of the UKeconomy’s ability to deliver on innovation,” he said.
The BSA has been activelypursuing counterfeiters and issuing court proceedings to back up campaigns thatit has run in Glasgow last year and Manchester a few monthsago.
At the start of the month it applauded the decision of Derby Crown Court to follow-up a jail term for Gary Scrimshaw for breachof intellectual property with a demand for £15,931.
Scrimshaw was the first person convicted of piracy and faces a further eight months if he cannot find the money the court isasking for.
Scrimshaw was caught by Trading Standards in a raid in 2006 with11,500 CDs and DVDs including software from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft andSymantec.