For Immediate Release
Microsoft Awarded Judgment Against Matrix Computers and Michael Knight
Dealer Selling Pirated Software
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Monday, August 13, 2001 - The High Court of New Zealand has awarded Microsoft Corporation
default judgment and costs against Michael Knight and Matrix Computers for copyright infringement. The judgment
restricts Mr Knight and Matrix Computers (of which he is a director) or any of their agents from infringing Microsoft's
copyright in the future. He has been ordered to pay costs, erase all unauthorised Microsoft programs on computers in his
possession and deliver up any infringing copies of Microsoft programs, CDR drives and writers and any infringing
Matrix Computers was investigated following reports to the Microsoft Anti-Piracy Hotline (0800 747 229), whereby
confirmed purchases of counterfeit Microsoft® Windows® 95 were obtained. Microsoft commenced proceedings in the High
Court of New Zealand on 12 February 2001.
According to Microsoft's spokesperson, Vanessa Hutley, software piracy poses a tremendous threat to legitimate system
builders, distributors and resellers. While honest resellers invest in services and customer loyalty they shoulder heavy
costs because counterfeiters and 'hard disk loaders' sell illegitimate software at a fraction of the cost and have no
client base to protect or infrastructure costs relating to services to worry about.
This creates an uneven playing field, lowering profits and ultimately costing honest resellers sales.
"Dishonest software dealers are duping innocent consumers into buying illegal software products. In doing so, they
expose customers to the risks of buying illegal product which can also include the risk of viruses," said Hutley.
"In addition, counterfeit software may be missing key elements, which could render the program unusable. The illegal
software is also ineligible for technical support, warranty protection and upgrades.”
A survey, conducted by an independent research firm International Planning & Research (IPR), and commissioned by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimated that New Zealand has a piracy rate of 28 per cent which translates
into losses in excess of $US12 million.
Microsoft encourages all dealers and customers to report suspected cases of piracy to the Microsoft Anti-Piracy Hotline
(0800 747 229). The net proceeds from all Microsoft piracy settlements in New Zealand are donated to the New Zealand
community as part of the Microsoft Foundation campaign - a campaign designed to raise awareness in the community about
the importance of protecting intellectual property rights.
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technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to
empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.
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