Microsoft Piracy Bust

Submitted by: arnesr


On Monday, Pennsylvania State Police cracked an alleged global software piracy operation involving millions of dollars worth of illegally obtained Microsoft software.

Arrests and charges of trademark and copyright infringement are pending. Luck played a role in the bust: state troopers discovered the counterfeiting operation while investigating the theft of police-owned laptop computers.

After purchasing an illegal copy of software from an
individual involved with Automated Distributing Inc. in
Harrisburg, PA, police obtained a search warrant that led
them to more than 10 rooms full of software programs and

Police collected more than 8,000 copies of Windows 98,
Microsoft Office and Windows NT at the location, and over
25,000 counterfeit end-user license agreements.

Microsoft estimated the retail value of the software and license agreements at more than $22 million.