In March 2013, Microsoft settledagainst Thomas Jack Garcia t/as Central PC of Corio, Victoria who had soldcomputers installed with unauthorised copies of Microsoft software oneBay. A Microsoft Investigator was supplied a personal computer viaGarcia’s eBay alias (centralpc2012) loaded with unauthorised copies ofMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. “centralPC2012” had sold at least 85 computers in the period August 2012 toFebruary 2013, Garcia conceded that each of those computers were installed withunauthorised Microsoft software.
Further, Garcia conceded that theunauthorised Microsoft products were installed on computers sold by him usingproduct keys purchased from websites in China.
Microsoft settled its claimagainst Garcia t/as Central PC (eBay seller “centralPC2012”) on payment of$15,000 damages and undertakings from Garcia not to infringe Microsoft’scopyright in future. As part of the undertakings Garcia is to supplygenuine Microsoft replacement products or refund any customer who approacheshim.