As part of the settlement, Handii has agreed to pay Microsoft AUD$70,000 and to assist its customers by getting them genuine copies of Windows 7 Professional at no extra charge, revealed Microsoft Australia. The move comes after, a Federal Court of Australia’s action against Queensland-based company, Handii Pty Ltd (Handii), for the sale of counterfeit Windows 7 software pre-installed on its Handii-branded tablet PCs.
“Anyone who has purchased a Handii tablet PC with Windows 7 Professional installed should contact Handii. Handii has agreed to replace counterfeit software with genuine product as required. Note that this counterfeit issue affects only Handii-branded PCs pre-installed with Windows 7 Professional, not those sold installed with Windows 7 Home Premium version.”
Police raids were conducted against resellers that had sold Handii computers in Singapore and Malaysia. The police raids were timed to occur simultaneously with urgent interlocutory injunctions obtained in in the Federal Court of Australia against Handii. The three coordinated enforcement actions were all conducted on the same day to prevent tip-offs and ensure that evidence was preserved.
The Singapore and Malaysian police teams, together with the Microsoft Counterfeit Investigation unit, seized over a thousand pieces of software in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as a number of Handii-branded tablet PCs that had unlicensed copies of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional installed.
Microsoft encourages businesses and consumers looking to purchase software to consider several tips to help ensure their product is legitimate:
- Always purchase from a reputable reseller. Do your homework and think about whether the reseller will give you after sales service if you have a problem.
- Be especially cautious when dealing with software sellers in other countries. The physical distance, differences in legal systems and other factors can complicate matters if the transaction goes awry.
- Avoid sellers offering “back-up” copies or compilations of software titles from different publishers on a single disk, these are clear indications that the software is illegal.
- Be sure your anti-virus software and firewalls are up-to-date as counterfeit software may contain viruses and malware.
- When purchasing a disk containing Microsoft software be sure the following materials are included and go to http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/ to ensure it’s genuine and includes:
- A Certificate of Authenticity
- A hologram CD, DVD, or recovery media
- High-quality product packing and documentation
- An End-User Agreement
If purchasing from an online auction trading site, beware. Check the online seller’s price against the estimated retail value of the software. If the price for software seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Check you PC for the Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
- If buying Windows separately from a PC check the Proof of license label — sometimes called the Product key label
- Look at the disc the software comes on it should have a hologram as part of the disc and not a sticker
Read more about buying genuine Windows:
- How to know you’re buying genuine Windows
- Read all about Genuine Windows
- Learn how to tell whether your Microsoft software and hardware are genuine
[Source: Microsoft Australia]