Oman fines unlicensed Microsoft reseller
Muscat, June 12, 2008
Microsoft has lauded an Omani court’s decision to impose an OR1,000 fine ($2,604) against an IT reseller caught selling PCs loaded with unlicensed Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Windows XP software.
Microsoft, a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the international association established by the software industry to promote a safe and legal digital world, had earlier asked for assistance from Omani authorities in taking necessary punitive actions against the offending party.
Legal proceedings to appeal the initial verdict were initiated on March 2, 2008, after the case was brought before an Omani court on January 27, 2008.
The judge handed down the final verdict on April 13, 2008, ordering the appellant to pay the fine, compensate for the attorney fees and to serve six months in prison.
The court’s decision highlighted Microsoft’s successful partnership with the BSA and various other Gulf governments in proactively fighting regional software piracy. – TradeArabia News Service