Symantec wins big with piracy compensation

The company has received its largest ever UK piracy payout

Anti-virus specialist Symantec has announced that it received £700,000 in damages from a British distributor which was selling fake version of the company's software.

 

In a statement this week, Symantec claimed the case yielded the largest single compensation payout the company has received from such activity in the UK. The case was brought against Robert Waterman and Nusoft Trading Limited, based in Essex, for selling around 35,000 copies of counterfeit pcAnywhere.

 

As well as the final compensation figure, the defendants are subject to a court order that prevents them from dealing in any counterfeit Symantec software in the future, the company said.

 

“While the amount of damages is certainly significant, more importantly, our goal was to put a stop to this operation's dealings in counterfeit Symantec software and to protect any unsuspecting users from using fraudulent security software,” said John Brigden, senior vice president, EMEA, Symantec.

 

Symantec claims the defendants have also provided information about how the counterfeit software was produced and distributed. Action and settlements have also been taken against other parties involved in the manufacture and distribution of the counterfeit software, including a German replicator and several distributors.

 

As well as receiving the £700,000, Symantec claims the defendants are also “accountable for a further possible £1 million if their information regarding their distribution and sales network turns out to be faulty or inaccurate”, or if they continue to deal in counterfeit Symantec software.

 

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