Two of the world’s largest antivirus software vendors are launching legal action against software pirates selling illegal versions of well-known security products on eBay.
The sale of pirated software on eBay is booming, according to various reports, but the auction site has taken the position that it is the role of software makers to protect their intellectual property.
McAfee and Symantec have thrown their considerable weight behind a larger Software & Information Industry Association campaign to rid eBay of pirated-software sales. The SIIA is planning to ensnare criminals by buying software from eBay and suing those whose products turn out to be illegal.
The initiative kicked off Monday with the announcement of three lawsuits filed by the SIAA against United States-based individuals (click here for PDF). The individuals face claims for damages as well as court orders restricting them from committing their alleged crimes in the future. They are accused of selling at least 15,000 items of pirated software during the last three months of 2005.
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