Microsoft sues Comet over Windows ‘counterfeits’

ZD Net reports that Microsoft is suing the UK electrical retailer Comet for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 counterfeit Windows recovery CDs.

Microsoft is suing UK retailer Comet over claims it sold thousands of counterfeit Windows recovery disks. The software giant took its case to the UK High Court on Wednesday, claiming Comet had made money from sales of sets of knock-off Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery disks.

“As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” Microsoft associate general counsel David Finn said in a statement.

Finn described the alleged counterfeiting as “unfair” to Comet’s customers and said Microsoft expected better from its retailers.

In response, the retailer said it supplied buyers with the disks because manufacturers rarely bundle them with their PCs any more, and that it made them “on behalf of its customers”.