BSA | The Software Alliance today applauded the recent judgment of the Federal Court of Canada against Toronto resident Dale Thompson, who illegally sold copyrighted commercial software programs created by BSA members Adobe, Microsoft and Rosetta Stone via his own website, appletreesolutions.ca, and online marketplace websites such as Kijiji and Craigslist. The court described the evidence of Thompson’s copyright infringement “overwhelming” and ordered Thompson to pay statutory damages, punitive damages, and costs amounting to $445,000, in addition to pre and post-judgment interest.
Evidence presented to the court established that Thompson engaged in the unauthorized reproduction of software programs and cover art and offered the counterfeit software for sale on the Internet under the name Appletree Solutions. In addition, Thompson assisted purchasers of the pirated software by supplying detailed instructions for circumventing copy-protection mechanisms and activating the counterfeit software programs.
“BSA is extremely pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Jon Berroya, BSA’s Director of Global Internet Enforcement. “Consumers who purchase pirated software from individuals like Mr. Thompson may not realize that, in exchange for a low price, they are likely to receive software that is impossible to update or patch, and in some cases is bundled with malware that can result in data loss or identity theft. When purchasing software- it is important to remember that “too good to be true” deals are often exactly that.”