Microsoft has collared another pirate in the UK for flogging grey software on eBay. The software giant has scored £35,000 in damages against an internet trader for copyright violations and illegally importing cheap American software to Europe.
R J Campbell and his company R J Campbell Ltd, which traded as “Software Price Beater,” on auction sites, admitted to selling counterfeit software and so-called “parallel importing.”
Under EU law, parallel imports describe branded goods bought in one country and sold elsewhere within Europe at a cheaper price than the trademark holder intends.
The High Court ordered the company to make an initial payment of £35,000, with the stipulation that more fines would follow. The trader was also ordered to sandwich board his legal tribulations by placing an advertisement in the trade publication PC Retailer announcing the verdict.
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