Microsoft Settles With MPO In Counterfeiting Probe - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Software // Enterprise Applications

Microsoft Settles With MPO In Counterfeiting Probe

The French disk-copying company was linked to the distribution of thousands of counterfeit copies of Microsoft server software.

Microsoft on Tuesday said it has reached a multi-million-dollar settlement with The MPO Group, a disk-copying company linked to the distribution of thousands of counterfeit copies of Microsoft server software.

In July 2003, the French company's Thailand plant made 20,000 copies of Exchange and SQL Server disks for a distributor that turned out to have forged documentation showing it had a license from Microsoft. In the ensuing year, the software maker's anti-piracy team and law enforcement officials recovered some of the disks and traced them back to the MPO facility.

MPO acknowledged that production of the disks led to copyright and trademark infringement, and was a breach of its replication agreement with Microsoft, the software maker said. MPO agreed to a multi-million-dollar settlement, and cooperated in the investigation. Details of the agreement weren't disclosed.

"We are pleased to have settled this case with The MPO Group so quickly and look forward to an ongoing relationship with them," David Finn, associate general counsel for Microsoft, said in a statement.

MPO has tightened it security measures as a result of the scam that led to the illegal disk production, Microsoft said.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Flash Poll