Ex-workers implicate more radio stations in Microsoft, Adobe software piracy case

Ex-workers implicate more radio stations in Microsoft, Adobe software piracy case

Summary: More radio stations under the Super Radio Network family are also alleged to be guilty of using illegal versions of Microsoft and Adobe software.


Microsoft and Adobe's software piracy case against several radio stations within the Super Radio Network group may widen, as ex-employees emerge to point fingers at more alleged copyright infringements.

Super Radio Network is the umbrella corporation for a number of Australian regional radio networks in both the AM and FM band owned by Bill George Caralis. Currently, only four stations have been listed as respondents to the case, with the IT giants claiming they knowingly and illegally used Microsoft and Adobe software.

But at the Federal Court in Sydney on Wednesday, the counsel for Microsoft and Adobe highlighted that former employees of other radio stations under Super Radio Network have indicated that the alleged copyright infringement of Microsoft and Adobe software extended beyond the stations that are already involved in the court case.

"There has been information provided by former employees of the prospective respondents that similar types of copyright infringement, as alleged in these proceedings, also occurred," the counsel for the plaintiff said at the Federal Court directions hearing.

"There is a strong circumstantial case."

Adobe and Microsoft's legal representative had filed for two separate discovery requests: one for the listed defendants, and another for the radio stations that are also suspected of committing copyright infringement.

But the presiding judge, Justice Foster, refused to address the latter discovery request at the court hearing on Wednesday.

The next directions hearing is set for June 12.

Topics: Legal, Enterprise Software, Australia

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • No one to blame...

    Too cheap to pay, too lazy to go open source... got no one to blame but yourselves.
  • Case for fair pricing

    If the software wasn't so overpriced perhaps people wouldn't object so much to paying for it,
    Companies like this should charge a price in Australia more in line with US Pricing and maybe they'd spend less time in court chasing copyright infringements.
    • Yes, Australians are slugged with an unreasonable "mark up".

      PhotoShop is WAY over-priced for an individual's private use but it still amazes me at the number of people who can allegedly "afford" it----well, they have access to it somewhere/somehow. It's not hard to guess that a significant number of these users have "pirated" software.

      Yes, these companies need to recover development costs but as production costs for an installation CD are under $2.00 and if your product is "so good", why not mass-market it at $20.00 a copy? That way everyone goes out and buys it, flooring the competition, and the company has still made a good profit. We all know that this was the strategy behind MS releasing Internet Explorer as a "free" product (not the profit bit, but eliminating competition).

      No, I don't use PhotoShop. I know it can create some great effects and blend images but, I'm a purist. If my photo needs editing beyond cropping or removing "red-eye", then it was a bad photo, worthy of deletion.
      • Don't pirate Photoshop. Use GIMP

        See http://www.gimp.org/
        Gimp is a very powerful app and many would argue that it is every bit as good as or better than photoshop.
        It is available for Linux, Windows and MAC, so why anyone would pirate (or buy) photoshop is beyond me.
        • Re: Don't pirate Photoshop. Use GIMP

          Don't just use Gimp, look also at additional Free Software tools like Inkscape and Blender.

          People comparing Free Software packages to proprietary ones tend to make the mistake of comparing only one to one, forgetting that there is no extra monetary cost to employing multiple packages, and that their strengths can be amplified in concert.