Microsoft Sued Comet For Making 94,000 Copies Of Counterfeit Windows

5/30/2012 11:41:12 AM
Microsoft was on the way to take Comet, the second PC retailer in England to court due to the reason of “making and selling more than 94,000 counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs”.

Description: Microsoft sues retailer Comet over 94,000 'counterfeit' recovery discs

Microsoft sues retailer Comet over 94,000 'counterfeit' recovery discs

The giant software said these restoration CDs which Comet sold to the new PC owners violated its terms and made up for the counterfeit making offence.

“As mentioned in the details of the case submitted today (4.2.2012), Comet had produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to our naïve customers in England”, David Finn, Associate General Counsel of Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft stated “Comet’s actions were unfair to all customers. We had expected more from the retailers of Microsoft’s products; besides, our customers deserved more than that”. 

Comet argued that the recovery Windows supply was for the customers’ benefits, especially after the event that Microsoft stopped offering recovery dices to the customers.

“Comet had sought and received the legal advice from the leading lawyers to support the view that recovery dices making didn’t violate the  intellectual property of Microsoft”, the company mentioned in an official announcement. “Comet strongly believes that its actions brought the biggest benefits to customers. It also believes that customers were totally affected by the decision of no longer offering the recovery disk for each of the computer with Microsoft-based operation system”.

At first, Comment’s point of view seemed to be reasonable because customers liked to use the genuine disks. However, a part of Microsoft’s case may be about the received money...

Description: Right or Wrong ?

“During 2008 and 2009, Comet approached tens of thousands customers who had bought PC with the necessary recovery available on the hard drive, and suggested them to buy the not necessary disks with the price of £14.99”, Microsoft said. “The recovery softwares were not only supplied on the hard drives by the computer manufacturers but customers could only take it free of charge from the PC producers or at the minimum cost if they wished. The action of copying the illegal softwares and then selling them was counterfeit”.

While Microsoft argument made sense and could win the case, it is hard to see what the giant software could achieve after these legal actions. According to Microsoft, Comet supplied the recovery discs in 2008 and 2009 but stopped since then. The pursuing of this case at the time of writing won’t make any changes but cost money from both companies.

Comet’s customers who might be worried about their illegal recovery using were guaranteed that their softwares on the computers were completely legal. Those who used Microsoft’s products can check whether their softwares are genuine or not at

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