Microsoft’s David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft today issued proceedings against Comet Group PLC for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs.
“As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” said Finn.
Adding, “Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too,” Finn said.
The alleged counterfeits were sold to customers who had purchased Windows-loaded PCs and laptops.
The suit charges Comet with producing the counterfeits in a factory in Hampshire and then selling the media to customers from its retail outlets across the U.K.
Comet is currently owned by French retail company Kesa Electricals PLC, although it is reportedly being purchased by private equity firm OpCapita LLP later this year.
If customers ever question the legitimacy of their software, be it a shrink-wrapped product or recovery media, they are advised to visit http://www.howtotell.com to learn more and, if they have any doubt, report the suspicious software to Microsoft.