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July 21, 2012

Software Piracy: IT Distribution will Pay Rs 1.2 million to Microsoft

IT Distribution Ltd. will have to pay Rs 1.2 million in damages to the company Microsoft. To recap, the distributor of computer equipment had been controlled, March 28, 2012, by Anti-Piracy Unit (APU) of the police.

The latter had then seized 400 labels certificates of authenticity (COA) Microsoft Windows 18 and Microsoft Office 2010 suites, all suspected of being counterfeit.

Lengthy negotiations between the lawyers of both parties and then started it, according to a statement issued Thursday by Microsoft, has led to this agreement amicably. Moreover, according to the giant global IT, IT Distribution now commits to offer customers only genuine Microsoft software and to collaborate in the fight against piracy in Mauritius.

Microsoft is reminding consumers of different tricks to ensure the authenticity of its software. "The Microsoft Windows COA label should only be distributed with the Microsoft software accompanying them. The COA label should never be distributed to retailers and consumers without being glued to a computer and the COA should never be sold with components with which they were not originally distributed, "says Vincent Bourelly, Sales Manager Microsoft Indian Ocean.

In addition, all packaged software, called Full-Packaged Products (FPP) for sale in stores are manufactured in Mauritius in Ireland. If the products come from the U.S. or Singapore, Microsoft encourages customers to verify the authenticity of these products. It is important to remind consumers that the use of pirated or counterfeit software can also expose users to viruses or malicious spyware that can lead to identity theft, loss of data and failures of their system.

 

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