MS settles WA action

MICROSOFT has announced it has made an out-of-court settlement with Perth-based Millennium Pty Ltd computer company for infringement of copyright.

The company’s listed address is in Beaufort Street, Bedfordale but its telephone has been disconnected.

Microsoft launched the action in June, but this week announced it had negotiated an out-of-court settlement with the directors of Millennium who agreed to pay losses and damages and also agreed to not infringe Microsoft’s copyright in the future.

Microsoft attorney Vanessa Hutley, said Millennium used illegal software on its premises – versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office with insufficient licenses.

Having been informed about the software Microsoft asked Millennium for a complete software audit.

“Companies who use unlicensed software place their directors, employees and customers at risk of legal action,” she said.

“Software piracy has a long term impact on Australia’s software industry and the development of the digital economy.”

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