Microsoft awarded $70,000 in Handii court case

Counterfeit Windows 7 software used on tablet PCs

Microsoft has been successful in its court action against tablet PC company Handii, after a number of Handii's tablets were found to contain unlicensed copies of Windows 7 Professional. Handii is required to pay Microsoft $70,000.

The Federal Court of Australia settled the action, with Handii agreeing to assist customers in receiving genuine copies of the operating system at no extra charge.

“This is a situation where we believe Handii’s customers would have been under the impression that they were purchasing genuine copies of Windows 7 Professional,” Microsoft Australia’s legal counsel, Clayton Noble, said in a statement.

“In these circumstances, it’s important for Microsoft to take action to ensure that the purchasing public gets the genuine products it expects, and we thank Handii for its cooperation and collaboration in this matter.”

A six month long investigation into Handii uncovered the counterfeit software, with false certificates of authenticity being distributed through an Australian network and installed on some tablet devices.

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