Microsoft is suing the big UK electronics retailer Comet for allegedly flogging off pirated Windows discs.
The US corporation is claiming that Comet produced 94,000 counterfeit copies of Vista and XP recovery discs at their factory in Hampshire, selling them off as PC and laptop bundles at its many stores around the UK.
In a statement released on the company’s website, David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft, commented:
As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom.
Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too.
Comet was sold to Anglo-French electrical goods retailer Kesa Electricals PLC for £2 in November 2011, but is reportedly already in the process of being sold to a consortium led by OpCapita.
This sale is expected to be completed by February 2012.