Microsoft Goes After Ukrainian Software Pirates

The company continues its fight against companies using pirated software

By on February 6th, 2013 17:21 GMT

Microsoft is once again trying to stop companies across the world from using pirated software, this time with lawsuit against Ukrainian companies.

According to a report by KyivPost, Microsoft has filed 12 complaints against Ukrainian firms that allegedly used counterfeited software, most likely Office and Windows.

The company is seeking Hr 1 million in damages, which according to Google’s currency converter is approximately €90,445 or $123,000.

“After a recent victory in court over municipally owned Uzhgorod International Airport (a court ordered the defendant to pay Hr 66,000 in compensation), a legal representative of Microsoft has filed another 12 claims at Ukrainian commercial courts,” the Redmond-based technology titan said in a statement according to the aforementioned source.

Most of the software pirates are based in the Dnipropetrovsk region, with the companies accused of piracy including Dnipromotor, Ukrbudproekt and Agropromenergo.