ZAMBIAN COMPANY FINED FOR MICROSOFT SOFTWARE PIRACY

Computing

The Lusaka High Court has ordered Amanita Premium Oils to pay Microsoft $13, 901 for illegal use of windows and office programmes on 30 computers. Microsoft market development partner-Zambia George Mudenda confirmed the court action in a statement which was passed on January 29 in the country’s first software piracy case.

Microsoft’s legal representatives first took the matter to court in January 2001 after an audit report which indicated the illegal use of windows and office programmes on 30 computers by Amanita.Amanita was also instructed to pay 10 per cent interest per annum on the amount from the date the action was initiated. It would also be responsible for microsoft legal costs.

Times of Zambia