Networking software company Novell today said it has filed a lawsuit against New York-based Computer Add-Ons and several other individuals for copyright infringement, false advertising, and dilution of trademarks, among other claims.
The suit alleges that Add-Ons reproduced and used Novell's trademarks and logos in violation of Novell's rights, and tampered with the packaging to make the upgrade software look like original software.
A manager at Add-Ons would not comment on the case.
In a statement released today, Novell further alleges that the Flushing, New York-based company obtained and sold unbundled original equipment manufactured (OEM) Novell software. The Provo, Utah-based network software giant also believes that Add-Ons used the Novell and NetWare trademarks and Novell logo in their advertising to create the "misleading impression" that Computer Add-Ons is in some way authorized by Novell.
"These kinds of business practices not only confuse the honest customer looking to purchase quality Novell products, but also hurt our reseller partners who sell products at competitive prices," David Bradford, senior vice president and senior counsel for Novell, said in the statement.
Novell said it investigated more than 1200 cases worldwide in fiscal 1997. More than $11 billion each year is lost to software piracy, according to the Business Software Alliance and Software Publisher's Association .
Earlier this month, President Clinton ordered federal agencies to prevent the use of pirated software on government computers and directed his top trade official to urge other countries to take similar steps.