eBay cracks down on counterfeit Microsoft software

By Derek Sooman on December 7, 2005, 1:51 PM
eBay has decided that they will no longer tolerate people selling counterfeit software on their site. They have begun a crackdown on the practice, and have been kicking people off the UK auction site. Some 21,000 auctions of Microsoft software have been targeted, with people selling dodgy versions of Windows XP and Office being those most under the spotlight.

And the campaign had a dramatic effect: August saw eBay removing more than 11,000 articles for sale; by October this had dropped to around 5,000.

The initiative involves both companies through eBay's Verified Rights Owners programme (VeRO). Michala Alexander, Microsoft's head of antipiracy in the UK, told us that the company has a team positioned at Microsoft UK, constantly monitoring activities, running searches and checking what's going on.

So, if you’ve been selling something you shouldn’t have been software-wise on eBay, I’d cut it out right now if I was you!




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enasni said:
I think this is a great step forward for Ebay because as of late they have been letting some garbage bids make there way through the site to unexpecting consumers. They should take out the x-box 360 bids now because its getting outrageous. I saw someone retard bid $5,500 on the x-box 360 itself! No games or controllers or plug-in wires just the system and it even said it has glitches and problems.So stop the retarded bidding.
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