Microsoft issue court papers to UK Retailer Comet over fake Windows CDs

With Comet being a struggling electrical retailer in the UK, its a bit of a surprise to me today to read that they had ordered around 94+ copies of a Windows CD to help restore customers PCs in the event of a bad crash or issue. It was more surprising as most of these if not all of these original manufacturer PCs (as in HP, DELL, ACER, TOSHIBA etc) all come with a restore CD/DVD, a Restore Partition or the option to build your own Restore CD/DVD anyways.

“Microsoft is suing struggling retailer Comet over claims its shops sold “fake” Windows CDs to customers.

The electronics chain allegedly pirated 94,000 copies of Vista and XP recovery discs in a factory in Hampshire.

It is then said to have sold the media to people purchasing Windows-loaded PCs and laptops from its retail outlets across the UK.

Microsoft’s worldwide anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting associate general counsel David Finn said: “As detailed in the complaint filed, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom.

“Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products – and our customers deserve better, too.”

In a statement, Comet said it had received legal advice but held the view that the production of recovery discs did not infringe Microsoft’s intellectual property.”

So this was in effect a money making scheme as I mentioned earlier the option is there from the original maker who is licenced to allow you to create these restore disks.

I just think someone high up in Comet was trying to make money for the struggling company and thought this was a good quick scheme to have the sales people push a restore disk to new buyers, without thinking it through too well.

It will be interesting to see how the court case goes, as if it goes to court Microsoft do have deep pockets to protect Intellectual Property and if Comet wish to settle out of court it will still cost them a fair few pounds, and for a company that does not have the capital.

Read full story and watch video HERE at Sky News

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