Busted: 8 Counterfeiting Schemes That Shook The IT Market


Microsoft Down Under

Microsoft Australia won a case this September against Paul McLane, a Melbourne trader who produced and sold counterfeit copies of Microsoft's Windows and Office software

According to a report from ComputerWorld, McLane was trading the phony software under the name "Software Paul," and was ordered by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to pay $4,994.95 in compensatory damages plus $300,000 in damages for multiple copyright infringements against Microsoft.

The Federal Circuit Court found McLane to be a repeat offender. In 2005, Victorian police seized 1,473 pirated discs from McLane, along with an additional 799 discs in 2006.

In his most recent scheme, investigators discovered McLane selling copies of Windows containing malware. He was caught by Microsoft intellectual property investigators during an Office sweep conducted in 2012.



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