Microsoft is suing a software-subscription service, alleging that its organisers obtained Microsoft Action Pack Subscriptions, and then tried to sell the software on Internet auction sites. The company contends that nine people in California, Maryland, New York, Texas and Virginia falsified information to receive program benefits and software titles multiple times. The subscription program provides partners with discounted Microsoft software for product evaluation and internal use – it was never intended for resale.

"Our honest partners have asked us to intervene to help protect those who abide by laws and rules governing software use and distribution," said Mary Jo Schrade, a senior attorney at Microsoft. "We want to protect the business of honest resellers and try to ensure a level playing field for our partners."