Microsoft Alleges Retailers Selling Counterfeit Software

Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, on Monday said it sued eight resellers, accusing them of distributing counterfeit copies of its computer programs.

Many of the lawsuits, filed in Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota and New York against privately held companies, allege that the resellers sold counterfeit copies of software such as Office 2000 Professional and Windows XP, Microsoft said.

The companies named in the lawsuits are: BWT Industry Technology Service Inc.; Data Day USA Inc.;; Winvtech Solutions Inc.; Global Computing Inc.; Ion Technologies Corp.; Compustar Co.; and Chips & Techs.

Microsoft said it previously filed suits against BWT Industry Technology Service and Ion Technologies.

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