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Short Take: Microsoft files infringement lawsuits

Microsoft identified nine computer dealers that were allegedly installing unauthorized versions of software on computers for sale to the public, an illegal practice known as hard-disk loading. Microsoft filed infringement lawsuits against five of the dealers who refused to sign settlement agreements to prevent software piracy. The companies are United Consumer Resources and Compu-Wiz, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and NCL Systems, United Computer Resources, and Penn Micro, of Philadephia. The four other suspect dealers signed voluntary settlements, agreed to stop any software piracy, and will compensate Microsoft for past losses.

Microsoft identified nine computer dealers that were allegedly installing unauthorized versions of software on computers for sale to the public, an illegal practice known as hard-disk loading. Microsoft filed infringement lawsuits against five of the dealers who refused to sign settlement agreements to prevent software piracy. The companies are United Consumer Resources and Compu-Wiz, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and NCL Systems, United Computer Resources, and Penn Micro, of Philadephia. The four other suspect dealers signed voluntary settlements, agreed to stop any software piracy, and will compensate Microsoft for past losses.