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Microsoft files piracy suits

Company files lawsuits against eight individuals who allegedly sold pirated copies of its software on eBay.

Microsoft has filed lawsuits against eight individuals who allegedly sold pirated copies of its software on eBay, the company said Wednesday. Microsoft, which monitors auction sites for potential violators, said it learned of seven of the individuals after customers submitted queries to its Genuine Advantage program. The program is designed to test the authenticity of Microsoft software.

Complaints regarding some of the defendants were also submitted to Microsoft's antipiracy hotline. The eight defendants are located in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York and Washington.