Software giant Microsoft has secured a High Court payout from a UK distributor over the illegal importation of software. The settlement, for an undisclosed sum, was reached after Microsoft won its case against Pyramid Distribution for importing tens of thousands of copies of Microsoft software into the UK.
Microsoft claimed Pyramid's actions have cost genuine distributors and resellers millions of pounds in lost turnover. Michala Wardell, UK head of anti-piracy at Microsoft, said: "Microsoft has been looking into Pyramid Distribution for the past couple of years and it has admitted to piracy. Because of the substantial number of products and the impact on resellers, action had to be taken. The firm was importing a range of products and was definitely looking to maximise its business illegally."