Joint Effort Stops ALLDATA Software Pirate
Northern California Man Pleads no Contest to Selling Counterfeit ALLDATA
ELK GROVE, Calif., April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALLDATA LLC, the leading
provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information and solutions for the
professional automotive service and collision repair industries, announced the
successful arrest and prosecution of a software counterfeiting operation. The
company has a long-standing program dedicated to tracking down illegal sales
of ALLDATA products, an effort which routinely results in prosecution.
In the most recent case, William Edwin White, III, was arrested in December
2012, following a five-month investigation by the Stanislaus County Sheriff
Department and Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. The two law
enforcement agencies worked with the ALLDATA Antipiracy team to investigate
the illegally copied ALLDATA products that White had advertised for sale.
"We aggressively pursue software piracy," said ALLDATA President Jeff Lagges.
"It's theft, and it hurts our customers by driving up costs. But it's not the
same as downloading a pirated song—it's potentially a consumer safety issue
because counterfeiters don't care if the information is correct. We do care,
because incorrect information should never be used to repair vehicles. People
who don't realize they bought pirated software often call us to complain that
the product isn't working correctly, which is why it's so important to
purchase ALLDATA Repair through our sales team or our company website."
ALLDATA licenses vehicle repair, diagnostic and maintenance information
directly from manufacturers and provides it to customers through a secure,
Web-based portal. "Manufacturers often add, remove and change information,"
said Lagges. "Offering our products through online subscriptions allows us to
get changes to our customers quickly. So buying counterfeit ALLDATA products
not only wastes money, it's a risky business that we're working hard to stop."
Following the investigation and December arrest, White was found guilty,
sentenced and ordered to pay restitution to ALLDATA.
ALLDATA was founded in 1986 and today has more than 80,000 clients (car repair
shops and bodywork shops) throughout the North America. The company is one of
the leading providers of original service and repair information, car repair
shop management software, and customer relationship management applications
for the automotive industry. When it comes to repair information, car repair
shops throughout North America trust ALLDATA.More information at
As of February 9, 2013, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals
and accessories through 4,735 AutoZone stores in 49 states, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico in the U.S., 334 stores in Mexico and one store in
Brazil for a total store count of 5,070.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive
replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an
extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light
trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance
items, accessories, and non-automotive products.Many stores also have a
commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery
of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages,
dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts.AutoZone also sells the
ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com.
Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories,
non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product through
www.autozone.com, and our commercial customers can make purchases through
www.autozonepro.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair
CONTACT: ALLDATA Press Contact
Media: Ray Pohlman at 866-966-3017
Financial: Brian Campbell at 901-495-7005
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.