BSA Statement on Toronto Resident Software Piracy Ruling

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,, 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 
post-judgment interest. 
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 Through its 
Faces of Internet Piracy website, SAM Advantage course, and resources 
available on, BSA has worked to educate consumers on proper software 
asset management and the inherent technical, financial, and legal dangers 
involved in utilizing unlicensed software. 
About BSA
BSA | The Software Alliance ( 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. 
please contact: 
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Toronto Genna Schnurbach (416) 413-4742    
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