Microsoft brought successful proceedings against Star Computer Services (UK) Ltd last week, after investigations revealed Star has supplied PCs loaded with illegal software.
Star, a Rugby-based dealer which specialises in the assembly and sale of PCs and components, agreed to pay costs of #40,000 in damages and costs.
Microsoft received a customer complaint on the company's Sherlock Holmes hotline which revealed that Star was supplying PCs loaded with illegal copies of Dos and Windows, along with counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows for Workgroups.
Star MD Jay Palmer was unavailable for comment but has agreed that the company will not infringe Microsoft's rights in future. The company has also agreed to return any unsold counterfeit copies.
Mark Roberts, Microsoft software theft business manager, said: 'Software theft losses in the UK in 1995 amounted to $444 million, and $3.6 billion in Europe. We have seen an epidemic of software theft in the small systems builder and Var market.'
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