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Brits guilty of Microsoft piracy

Two British retailers have been found guilty of selling counterfeit Microsoft software. The resellers pleaded guilty to offenses relating to the supply of illegal Windows software. The judge has delayed sentencing in both cases until reports are obtained about the defendants. Each could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years and an unlimited fine. In the first case, Paramjit Kaur Kanwal, sole director of UK Computer Distributors in Middlesex, and his secretary, Jasbir Singh Uppal, were found guilty of selling counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows and Office software. In the second case, Christopher Bottley of Tonbridge in Kent pleaded guilty to supplying pirate editions of Windows 98 to a Bristol-based trader. Staff writer Wendy McAuliffe reported from London.

Two British retailers have been found guilty of selling counterfeit Microsoft software. The resellers pleaded guilty to offenses relating to the supply of illegal Windows software. The judge has delayed sentencing in both cases until reports are obtained about the defendants. Each could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years and an unlimited fine.

In the first case, Paramjit Kaur Kanwal, sole director of UK Computer Distributors in Middlesex, and his secretary, Jasbir Singh Uppal, were found guilty of selling counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows and Office software. In the second case, Christopher Bottley of Tonbridge in Kent pleaded guilty to supplying pirate editions of Windows 98 to a Bristol-based trader.

Staff writer Wendy McAuliffe reported from London.