Microsoft filed a software-piracy lawsuit Thursday against two Minneapolis-area resellers for the alleged distribution of counterfeit and infringing Microsoft software. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The company also announced that it will receive more than $162,000 in settlements and judgments stemming from legal actions it has taken against four Minnesota-based resellers for the alleged distribution of counterfeit software over the past two years.
The 21.2 percent software piracy rate in Minnesota means that more than one in five software applications in the state are pirated. According to International Planning and Research, in 1999 software piracy cost the state more than 2,302 jobs and more than $235.7 million in combined wages, tax revenues and retail sales of business-software applications.