Laptop Factory Outlet agrees to pay $50,000 compensation for infringing Microsoft copyright
Microsoft is urging anyone who has purchased a Windows PC from the Laptop Factory Outlet to contact the retailer to ensure they have a genuine copy installed
SYDNEY, Australia – 20th October 2011: Microsoft Australia has today announced that The Laptop Factory Outlet Pty Ltd, of South Granville, NSW, has agreed to pay $50,000 in damages forinfringing Microsoft’s copyright by reusing Microsoft Windows Certificates of Authenticity (COA) from second-hand PCs on new PCs loaded with pirated software.
The Laptop Factory Outlet (LFO) is a large retailer of PCs and laptops, which trades from premises at South Granville and its website, www.lfo.com.au. Anyone who has purchased a Windows PCfrom LFO should contact the retailer. As part of the settlement, LFO has agreed to replace the counterfeit software with genuine product and affix the associated correct COA to the PC for itscustomers at no extra charge. Following Microsoft’s investigations, the company’s directors admitted to purchasing second-hand PCs, pulling the COAs off them and reusing them on new PCs loadedwith counterfeit software, which were then sold on to their customers.
Clayton Noble, Attorney, Microsoft Pty Limited encourages consumers to look out for the tell-tale signs of counterfeit software: “If a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to your new PC appears used or tampered with, or names a PC manufacturer that doesn’t match the PC you bought, this is an indication of counterfeit software pre-loaded onto your PC. Other indicators of counterfeit software are discussed on Microsoft’s website, which helps empower consumers to make informed software purchases and avoid counterfeit-related risks. If your software is not genuine, you cannot be sure of what you’re getting.”
Noble adds, “Tampering with Certificates of Authenticity can [BT(1] trick consumers into buying software that is not genuine and properly licensed. This can expose them to the potential dangers of counterfeit software, including the risk that it comprises malware which causes computer viruses, or key-logging software that can be used to steal identities.”
Every year, millions of consumers and businesses are hurt by counterfeit software which they have acquired inadvertently.
Microsoft encourages businesses and consumers looking to purchase software to consider several tips to help ensure their product is legitimate:
For further information on how to tell if the software you are buying is genuine visit the Microsoft website at http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/howtotell/.