A German court has sentenced a 42-year-old Turkish software dealer to two years and 11 months in prison for distributing Microsoft Corp. products with forged licenses. The man was arrested in June 2006 by German police and had been held in custody until the court ruling. After eight days of hearings, the district court in Bochum, Germany, found the Turkish dealer guilty of reselling 18,555 products with forged licenses to other dealers ignorant of the illegal activity. Microsoft estimates the loss of the forged licenses at $5.2 million, including the money paid by customers who acquired software they were unable to use.
News source: ComputerWorld