SIIA, (The Software & Information Industry Association) have just won their first European anti-piracy case with a five figure settlement sum.
A German seller was alleged to have breached German copyright and trademark law by purchasing several hundred authentic Adobe products, importing them to Germany without Adobe’s consent and selling them on eBay. This is known as parallel importing – or the importation of products to be sold in another market without permission from the trademark owner.
There are two similar cases outstanding in Germany and another in the UK which were filed last year after SIIA expanded their operations internationally last January.
The thing that’s interesting in this case is that is no question about the authenticity of the software, it was simply destined for a market outside the EU and the only crime was to purchase and resell in a different territory.
“SIIA’s goal is to stop the sale of illegal software and teach all sellers to make certain they are dealing only in legal software,” said Keith Kupferschmid, Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property Policy &
Enforcement for SIIA. “As this settlement demonstrates, it is both a crime to create counterfeit software and a crime to sell authentic software without authorization”.