TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - BSA | The Software Alliance today applauded the
recent judgment of the Federal Court of Canada against Toronto resident Dale
Thompson, who illegally sold copyrighted commercial software programs created
by BSA members Adobe, Microsoft and Rosetta Stone via his own website,
appletreesolutions.ca, and online marketplace websites such as Kijiji and
Craigslist. The court described the evidence of Thompson's copyright
infringement "overwhelming" and ordered Thompson to pay statutory damages,
punitive damages, and costs amounting to $445,000, in addition to pre and
Evidence presented to the court established that Thompson engaged in the
unauthorized reproduction of software programs and cover art and offered the
counterfeit software for sale on the Internet under the name Appletree
Solutions. In addition, Thompson assisted purchasers of the pirated software
by supplying detailed instructions for circumventing copy-protection
mechanisms and activating the counterfeit software programs.
"BSA is extremely pleased with the outcome of this case," said Jon Berroya,
BSA's Director of Global Internet Enforcement. "Consumers who purchase pirated
software from individuals like Mr. Thompson may not realize that, in exchange
for a low price, they are likely to receive software that is impossible to
update or patch, and in some cases is bundled with malware that can result in
data loss or identity theft. When purchasing software- it is important to
remember that "too good to be true" deals are often exactly that."
Victims of online software sales scams and those wishing to report instances
of software piracy can do so confidentially at www.NoPiracy.ca. Through its
Faces of Internet Piracy website, SAM Advantage course, and resources
available on BSA.org, BSA has worked to educate consumers on proper software
asset management and the inherent technical, financial, and legal dangers
involved in utilizing unlicensed software.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for
the software industry. It is an association of more than 70 world-class
companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software
solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through
international government relations, intellectual property enforcement, and
educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and
builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Toronto Genna Schnurbach (416) 413-4742
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