Microsoft recently filed a lawsuit against an Ashland Kentucky-based computer business stating the company violated copyright law by putting unlicensed programs on many of the computers it was selling. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Ashland.
According to the lawsuit, Ashland computer company Affordable Computers is accused of copyright and trademark infringement and for misrepresenting Microsoft packaging. If Micrsoft wins the lawsuit, it will be eligible to receive any profits that the small used computer business made on transactions involving any of the allegedly illegally installed programs.
Affordable Computers owner William Faris states that it was never his intention to cheat Microsoft out of profits, and that the lawsuit is completely unfounded since most of his computers are government surplus computers that have Windows 98 installed. He is uncertain as to why his small computer business is being targeted, since they specialize in selling computers that cost less than $200 apiece. Since they are not the latest machines, and are geared towards new computer users or those that need inexpensive extra computers for small businesses or their homes, Faris is confused as to why Microsoft would take notice.
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