Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Symantec Files Series of Software Piracy Suits Totalling More Than $55 Million

  • 16 May, 2007 11:25

<p>Claims Made Against Eight Businesses throughout the United States and Canada Involving 24 Individuals</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 16 May 2007 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it has filed a series of eight civil lawsuits against distributors of counterfeit Symantec software, seeking a total of more than $55 million in damages from the cases involved.</p>
<p>The suits were all filed at the United States District Court level in the California, involving the following businesses in their respective states: Acortech, (California); mPlus, (California); Logical Plus, (New York); SoftwareOutlets.com, (Florida); Rowcal Distribution, (California); Global Impact, Inc., (Florida); Directron.com, (Texas); eDirect Software, (Canada).</p>
<p>In the filings, Symantec included claims that the businesses engaged in trademark infringement, copyright infringement, fraud, unfair competition, trafficking in counterfeit labels and documentation, and false advertising. Symantec has asked for a jury trial in each case and is seeking damages in profits from each entity ranging from $4 million to $10 million in each claim.</p>
<p>“The threat posed by these software pirates to users and the safety of their personal and financial online information cannot be overstated,” said Scott Minden, director, Legal Affairs, Symantec. “Counterfeit software might not work properly and damage a user’s machine, or it can be loaded with identity theft programs. Counterfeit software also may not be able to receive automatic updates and as a result leave the user vulnerable to new online threats. These software pirates were moving large quantities of counterfeit product and, as a result, numerous unsuspecting users are now at risk for having their information stolen or lost.”</p>
<p>Symantec’s investigation of the companies was conducted by its Brand Protection Task Force, which used test purchases of the suspected counterfeit product and the review of defective discs submitted by customers of the accused businesses to from the basis of the complaints that were filed. Counterfeit versions of the following Symantec solutions involved in each case included Norton SystemWorks, Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, pcAnywhere and Symantec AntiVirus Small Business Edition. Symantec’s internal investigation indicates that most of the sales were conducted online, with the actual disks delivered in single, blank white sleeves to unwitting customers, with no documentation, directions, labelled packaging, or activation code information.</p>
<p>In addition to damages, Symantec is asking for a permanent injunction against all of the businesses from conducting further sales of unauthorised Symantec products and to turn over all existing inventory of the counterfeit Symantec software held by the businesses and their affiliates.</p>
<p>About Symantec</p>
<p>Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information, and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance, and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com .</p>
<p>###</p>
<p>NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please visit the Symantec News Room at http://www.symantec.com/news . All prices noted are in U.S. dollars and are valid only in the United States.</p>
<p>Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Media Contact:</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine
Symantec
+61 2 8879 1110
Debbie_sassine@symantec.com</p>
<p>Angela Coombes
Max Australia
+61 2 9954 3492
Angela.coombes@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

Most Popular

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?