Dubai reseller pays Microsoft $40k piracy damages
Reseller caught by Dubai Police with allegedly counterfeit Microsoft Windows Certificates of Authenticity labels
A UAE reseller has paid AED 150,000 ($40,838) damages to Microsoft in an out-of-court settlement over software piracy.
The reseller, which is based in Bur Dubai, was caught by Dubai Police in February 2012 in possession of allegedly counterfeit Dell branded Microsoft Windows Certificates of Authenticity (COA) labels. The Anti-Economic Crimes Department of the Dubai Police seized the labels.
In the settlement, the reseller admitted that selling loose Windows COA labels infringed Microsoft's IP rights and did not result in licensed installations of the software for the end users, and signed undertakings covering future behaviour, as well as paying the fine.
Dale Waterman, Microsoft's Corporate Attorney for Anti-Piracy for the Middle East and Africa, commented: "Pirated or counterfeit software has an enormous impact upon the software industry. Piracy hurts our honest channel partners who are just trying to earn a living. Partners who must compete with pirates lose more than software revenue; they lose system sales and the opportunity to service those customers over the years. Microsoft is therefore determined to protect its customer, reseller and partner ecosystem from the threat and losses associated with piracy, and to prevent unscrupulous resellers from taking advantage of innocent consumers and gaining an unfair advantage over our honest partners."