Three Auckland-area companies found to be selling unlicensed software have settled with Microsoft as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to protect local resellers and consumers by reducing software piracy.
The three companies that entered into settlement agreements are: TDM Technology Limited, operated by Ayman Franso and Nicholas Jansen; Pars TV, operated by Al-Huseiny Ibrahim; and PCTown, run by Linjiang Yu. Two other companies did not settle with Microsoft, and the matters are before the Auckland District Court.
These latest settlements follow two High Court proceedings filed in November 2008 against Auckland-based traders charged with selling counterfeit Microsoft software likely sourced from China."
Illegal copies might be loaded with all sorts of malware - virus, trojans, keyloggers, etc. When buying a PC you should ask yourself:
• Am I buying from a reputable reseller?
• What is their return policy, and do I have contact details in case I have problems with this product?
• Are they giving a strange explanation for why the price is so low?
• Is a Certificate of Authenticity included?
• Is a hologram CD, DVD, or recovery media included?
• Are the product packaging and documentation of high quality?
• Is an End-user License Agreement included?
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