QLD reseller settles Microsoft copyright claim

Gold Coast PC reseller, Magic Computers, has agreed to pay Microsoft $720,000 for copyright infringement.

The directors of Magic Computers holding company, Cross Link Marketing (CMG) Pty Ltd, agreed an out-of-court settlement after unlicensed software was loaded onto secondhand PCs.

The action stemmed from copyright infringements beginning in 1998, Microsoft senior corporate attorney, Vanessa Hutley said. It reoccurred four years later, when Magic was found to be engaged in hard-disk loading, she said.

Microsoft's attention was first drawn via hotline callers, she said. After discussions with Magic, an undertaking was received from company director, Kell Walker, that illegal copying would desist. However, further information received in 2004 led to Microsoft taking action, Hutley said.

"Our approach was to do an independent investigation, which included using forensic information on a PC purchased from the company," she explained.

Hutley said software piracy remained significantly higher in Australia than the UK, US or New Zealand markets, according to a recent Business Software Alliance study conducted in conjunction with IDC. The piracy rate was estimated at 32 per cent in Australia compared to 27 per cent in the UK, 23 per cent in New Zealand and 21 per cent in the US.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?