Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has spoken out for the first time since Eric Lundgren was sentenced to 15 months in prison for selling “counterfeit software.”
In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft corporate vice president of communications Frank X. Shaw outlined the company’s response to the case in different sections. In the post Shaw stressed the company’s principles including recycling of its products through approved initiatives. He noted that despite the fact that the company has reduced on cases related to privacy, it does not keep a tab of fraudulent dealings.
The Case Against Lundgren
In the post, Shaw explicitly indicated that the company did not take Lundgren to court. The case against the 33-year-old e-recycling entrepreneur was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida. He said that Microsoft was only called towards the end of the trial. Microsoft said that in addition to setting up counterfeit operation in China, Lundgren took advantage of e-recycling community and sold counterfeit versions of Microsoft software.
Microsoft, a software giant, continued to build its case against Lundgren by insisting that he pled guilty to producing the counterfeit software items. The company presented several emails from Lundgren, which proved that he had interest in earning profit from the software. The emails contained information on how he managed to make his materials resembles those produced by Microsoft.
On his part, just before Shaw’s post, Lundgren gave his side of the story. Although he pled guilty to his actions, he indicated that his software did not attract any financial benefit. He also said that the discs he had were restore CDs.
Lundgren accused the U.S. government and Microsoft for unfairly comparing his materials as an infringement to another licensed product. He noted that he used the disc to help rejuvenate computers.
Microsoft In The News
Even as Lundgren prepares to serve his jail term, Microsoft has kept up the pace of releasing new products and making headlines. The company quietly added iTunes into its Microsoft Store. Users with computer that run on Windows 10 can now experience the iTunes. The company’s version of iTunes will take up 476.7MB of the computer’s hard drive.