Microsoft Claims Comet Sold Bootleg Windows CDs

By Gary Cutlack on at

Poor old UK electrical retailer Comet is about to feel the full legal force of Microsoft, with the US software giant claiming Comet made and distributed over 94,000 illegal copies of Windows XP and Vista.

Microsoft's claim is that Comet made the counterfeit "recovery CDs" of Windows XP and Vista at a "factory in Hampshire" which were then sold to customers through the chain's branches throughout the UK.

Microsoft's David Finn, who is the company's associate general counsel of Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting, said: "Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom ... Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products -- and our customers deserve better, too.”

We're yet to hear Comet's side of the story. The chain was recently sold to an equity group for the princely sum of £2, so the last thing it needs in this difficult retail climate is a costly legal battle with Microsoft. [Microsoft]