Trade Me licensing case has origins in 2008 campaign

Shaahil Ali, the student who was ordered this week to pay Microsoft $22,176 for selling unlicensed versions of Microsoft products on Trade Me, isn’t the first target of legal action by Microsoft over software piracy in New Zealand.

Ali’s case, heard at the Manukau District Court, also resulted in him being ordered to pay Microsoft $2130 in costs and to hand over any computers and digital storage devices to the company if required.

Microsoft has been targeting sellers on Trade Me since 2008, as part of a global campaign against software piracy.

That year, it made 63 legal filings in 12 countries, including New Zealand. The New Zealand filing involved Trade Me.

Read more at Computerworld.

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