Microsoft scores victory against software piracy

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."

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I admit that I'm somewhat confused. I read the entire article on Vnunet, and nowhere did it say that this distributor was selling software that was in any way phoney or counterfeit.

Anyone know what gives here?

I admit that I'm somewhat confused. Anyone know what gives here?

I would suggest that if they were selling Chinese market stall versions, then they would have sent in the big boys much earlier. I'm sure Microsoft stitch up their terms and conditions tighter than a ducks you know what. In the UK the price of MS software is double the cost that is charged in the US. I guess they need the extra money to pay EU fines :eek:

boho said,

I would suggest that if they were selling Chinese market stall versions, then they would have sent in the big boys much earlier. I'm sure Microsoft stitch up their terms and conditions tighter than a ducks you know what. In the UK the price of MS software is double the cost that is charged in the US. I guess they need the extra money to pay EU fines :eek:

What ISN'T overpriced in the UK/EU as far as technology goes?

Wait, it's ILLEGAL to buy software outside of this country, despite the fact that we often pay twice the price?

Kushan said,
Wait, it's ILLEGAL to buy software outside of this country, despite the fact that we often pay twice the price?

This is why we have to protect Net Neutrality. If the media and broadband companies get their way, the internet would be divided into the same kinds of distribution zones. Then they could squeeze $$$ out of you for video streaming that you can get directly from the source right now without some broadband monopoly throttling you, or blocking access entirely.