Microsoft sues Atlanta-based company over 'unauthorized' software sales

Microsoft is coming down hard on a small business based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, VertexPC, claiming that it is selling unauthorized copies of its software products; Microsoft filed a lawsuit recently against VertexPC in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website reports that, according to Microsoft's lawsuit, VertexPC "advertised, marketed, installed and offered and distributed unauthorized copies" of Microsoft's software. The lawsuit says that Microsoft warned VertexPC about its practices in December 2012.

The lawsuit also claims that in April of 2013, an investigator that worked for Microsoft bought computers from VertexPC that had unauthorized copies of its Windows XP installed. Microsoft is looking for damages as well as any profits that VertexPC has made from sales of Microsoft's software.

A quick check on the Internet shows the website for VertexPC has a fairly standard online store that offers PC systems and some parts for sale. There is a link for software purchases on the main page but when you click on the link there's no software actually shown for sale. VertexPC, which is based in the Atlanta suburb of Buford, has yet to comment on Microsoft's lawsuit and its allegations.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Image via VertexPC

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what do we mean by "unauthorized"? Are we talking pirated? or are we talking MS just doesn't want them to resell software?

unauthorized = pirated

no coa or a coa that belongs to anther version

theres a place in town that does that has a windows xp coa but they put windows 7 on it to get more $$$.

they get quiet fast when you ask about recovery cd or the number for the os in case you need to reload ;-)

A systems builder cannot resell a system with an OEM installation from a previous activation. I believe only a retail copy can be resold. So if this company was selling refurbished systems with previously activated OEM or VLK keys then they are selling pirated software.

So they can't get an old dell system that shipped with XP reinstall windows using the OEM sticker on the side and resell the machine?

As I understand it, not commercially, no. When you buy a computer with an OEM license it is licensed to the individual who purchased it and is non-transferable.

goatsniffer said,
As I understand it, not commercially, no. When you buy a computer with an OEM license it is licensed to the individual who purchased it and is non-transferable.

Actually OEM follows hardware not user. As for reselling, well you can't actually charge for the windows license, but when you sell the computer, the OEM copy is part of it...

sales of pcs are down. i would imagine they have the time now to seek out people doing things they overlooked before.

Thes PCs, especially the desktop ones, look exactly like ones you'd find in a business. So, it looks like they get them from companies who are upgrading their systems, and then clean up and re-sell.

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