U.K. retailer sued over Windows 'counterfeits'

Microsoft is suing electronics retailer Comet for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 counterfeit Windows recovery CDs.

Microsoft is suing U.K. electronics retailer Comet for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 counterfeit Windows recovery CDs

The software giant took its case to the U.K. High Court on Wednesday, claiming Comet had made money from sales of sets of knock-off Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery discs. "Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom," Microsoft said in a statement.

In response, the retailer said it supplied buyers with the discs because manufacturers rarely bundle them with their PCs anymore. "Comet firmly believes that it acted in the very best interests of its customers," the retailer said in a statement. "It believes its customers had been adversely affected by the decision to stop supplying recovery discs with each new Microsoft operating system-based computer. Accordingly, Comet is satisfied that it has a good defense to the claim and will defend its position vigorously."

This story originally posted as "Microsoft sues Comet over Windows 'counterfeits'" on ZDNet UK.

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