BSA notches up another success after serving counterfeiter with court proceedings


BSA notches up another success after serving counterfeiter with court proceedings

Simon Quicke

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) continues to keep its legal team busy after issuing proceedings against the owner of Wolverhampton-based RJ-Software.

Richard Clark, who ran RJ-Software from his home was discovered to be selling counterfeit copies of a range of software including Adobe, Autodesk, Corel and Quark.

The legal action resulted in Clark suspending his business and agreeing to stop selling counterfeit software and pay damages for the distribution of 24 batches of fake software discs.

In a statement Clarks aid that being served with court proceedings made it clear he had to stop selling counterfeit goods: "I had no idea that the BSA had been monitoring my business with a view to shutting me down. I certainly won't be selling any more counterfeit software - I was lucky to keep my house."

In response, Najeeb Khan, Vice Chair of the BSA UK Country Committee, said that the latest case highlighted the determination that the industry group had in eradicating counterfeit software.

"The IT industry cannot condone any activity which undermines companies' intellectual property: the bedrock of the UK economy's ability to deliver on innovation," he said.

The BSA has been actively pursuing counterfeiters and issuing court proceedings to back up campaigns that it has run in Glasgow last year and Manchester a few months ago.

At the start of the month it applauded the decision of Derby Crown Court to follow-up a jail term for Gary Scrimshaw for breach of intellectual property with a demand for £15,931.

Scrimshaw was the first person convicted of piracy and faces a further eight months if he cannot find the money the court is asking for.

Scrimshaw was caught by Trading Standards in a raid in 2006 with 11,500 CDs and DVDs including software from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and Symantec.

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