Microsoft lashed out at two Chinese retail chains for selling pirated Windows OS and Office products.
IT giant filed lawsuits against two Chinese retail chains, namely Gome Electrical Appliances and Buynow in two separate courts, in Beijing and Shanghai. In the lawsuit, Microsoft asked court to prevent these retailers from selling pirated products and pay for the losses incurred to Microsoft.
It not been specified how much Microsoft is seeking in damages.
A Gome store in Shanghai sold computers installed with pirated version of Windows operating system and Office products. Microsoft also claimed that some stores of Buynow also sold computer with pirate Microsoft softwares installed in them.
In reply, these retailers said that they haven’t used pirated copies of any Microsoft products and there is some serious confusion in the midst. They further said to look into the matter and make sure none of its vendor violate any intellectual property of Microsoft.
Spokesman from Buynow added that Microsoft has probably rushed into the case without undermining the fact.
Microsoft said, these two stores were repeatedly warned but they kept on selling devices with pirated Microsoft products. Lawsuit would stop them and serve as a warning to other PC vendors.
This is the biggest action taken by Microsoft to stop piracy of its software products. In China, 80 percent of PC’s run on pirated versions of Windows operating system. Despite a strong action by the Chinese government the rate of piracy of Microsoft products is very high.