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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