Microsoft sues Wisconsin pirate for $1.2 million


Possibly related to the International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Microsoft has sued a notorious software pirate who owes the company $1.2 million from an earlier judgement after selling Activation Codes for Office and Windows.

Anthony Boldin, of Brookfield, Wisconsin has already been convicted in March 2000 and again in December 2006, and is  permanently enjoining from any infringing use or distribution of Microsoft software, but according to Microsoft has continued to sell activation codes, procured from China, for Microsoft software from 2 websites. The codes originated from an academic program in China, tokens assigned to an OEM, and also leaked from Microsoft’s internal store.

In addition he never paid the $1.2 million he owes Microsoft due to those convictions.

“Now, 16 years after Microsoft brought its first action, Boldin continues to flagrantly disregard the clear and unambiguous injunctions of this Court by selling decoupled product activation keys,” the complaint said.

Microsoft is asking the court for a temporary restraining order preventing Boldin from illegally selling Microsoft software, and to expedite discovery so Microsoft could locate his assets.

In a 2014 study Microsoft claimed that using pirated software cost businesses up to $491 million each year in extra support costs, and David Finn, associate general counsel and executive director of Microsoft’s Cybercrime Center noted that it was vital that “… individuals, small businesses, enterprises and government institutions buy new computers from reputable sources and demand genuine software.”

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