Microsoft claims latest scalp in war on counterfeit software

Microsoft claims latest scalp in war on counterfeit software

Summary: Manchester-based retailer Zoobon has been closed down by Microsoft for counterfeiting software

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The current stage in the campaign against piracy from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has claimed its latest victim after Manchester based Internet retailer Zoobon was closed down for selling counterfeit Microsoft software.

According to Microsoft, "it had received a number of complaints from Zoobon customers unhappy with the quality of the products they had been sold" before it moved in on Zoobon. In an investigation conducted over the course of a year with the help of eBay, Zoobon was found to have counterfeited £3m worth of software, according to a spokeswoman for Microsoft.

Following the investigations, an out-of-court settlement was reached between Microsoft and the individuals behind Zoobon under which they ceased trading and gave an undertakings not to sell counterfeit Microsoft software in the future. Zoobon's site on eBay site has closed down.

Michala Alexander, Microsoft head of anti-piracy, said: "We take our responsibility seriously to protect consumers and legitimate channel partners from counterfeit software. This was a major counterfeit operation selling goods which were hard to distinguish from the genuine article."

According to the Business Software Association's latest survey, which was conducted by IDC, if the UK could cut the amount of counterfeit software by 10 percent it could generate nearly 34,000 new jobs, £11bn in economic growth and £2.8bn in tax revenues.

"This could solve the chancellor's problems in one go," said Mike Newton, a spokesman for the BSA. "The survey really underlines the knock-on effects from piracy."

According to Newton, IDC estimates the cost of "piracy" by looking at the total number of systems sold, the total number of software packages sold and other data and then cross-analysing the figures "based on the average company".

Topic: Government UK

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  • Wow Microsoft apperantly wants you to hear loads and loads of crap until your ears fall off.

    Here is the truth.

    *Micrsoft have currently problem to get youngsters interestested in developing software whith Visual Basic and such too. Why ?
    Because now adays no one can easily copy it and learn from it. Who is the winner. GCC, C++ , PHP, Perl and other open software solutions.

    *How can increased revinue for Microsoft give more jobs to a city. Short answer it can't. Microsoft only developes one copy of there software and duplicates it. Rather easy hey. So the numbers are just pure lies.

    *Look at the reverse way instead. How much could a city / Country save if they did throw out all commercial software. 3bn in Sweden according to some analytics. Sweden is a very small country so wow do that in US/ UK or any other country and it will crush those fake numbers...

    Microsoft if you shall lie.Atleast do it good
    anonymous
  • Michala Alexander, Microsoft head of anti-piracy, said: "We take our responsibility seriously to protect consumers and legitimate channel partners from counterfeit software. This was a major counterfeit operation selling goods which were hard to distinguish from the genuine article."
    The ONLY reason M$ is going after piracy is to sell
    more copies of their buggy OS. They have no interest in the consumers. If they cared about the consumer they would fix their product for stability and security, instead of rushing it to the market full of bugs and
    holes. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen. The ONLY thing that interests them is MONEY!
    anonymous
  • err Microsoft are a business of course the only thing they should be interested in is money, make it sound like thats a crime
    anonymous
  • Surely a legitimate business should be interested in providing quality goods and value for money, besides just being profitable? And lets not forget "Staying within the Law" either.
    anonymous
  • why dont microsoft sell their products from their site at lower prices like other software manufacturers, then people wouldnt sell counterfit goods because people could buy them direct from microsoft???
    anonymous
  • On the 21st November 2004 I purchased from a internet company Dabs.com. A Windows Computer programme. Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system (Boxed Version) for the sum of
    anonymous
  • If Microsoft didn't jack up the pricing for UK customers (as opposed for their US customers) it would help reduce piracy.
    anonymous