Day: July 28, 2009

Microsoft Wins Substantial Damages Award for Unauthorized Distribution of its SoftwareMicrosoft Wins Substantial Damages Award for Unauthorized Distribution of its Software



 A federal court has granted Microsoft Corporation default judgment against two PC Village businesses and two individuals associated with the businesses in an action for copyright and trade-mark infringement. Microsoft’s investigators had purchased computers from two separate PC Village locations. The judge found that one computer contained seven unauthorized Microsoft software programs, while the other had eight.

In assessing statutory damages for copyright violations, the judge noted that the defendants had been put on notice regarding the infringing nature of their activities.

The Pirate Bay – Operators Fined for Aiding and Abetting Copyright InfringementThe Pirate Bay – Operators Fined for Aiding and Abetting Copyright Infringement



 In what is being heralded as a victory for copyright holders, a Swedish district court has found four operators of the file-sharing service The Pirate Bay guilty of aiding and abetting copyright infringement, fined them US$3.6 million, and sentenced each to a year in prison.
The defendants were involved in the operation of The Pirate Bay, reportedly one of the world’s largest bittorrent-tracking website. According to the court, users could upload and store torrent files on the Pirate Bay website as well as search the site’s database for torrent files to download.