Siberian bank ordered to pay Microsoft $17k for copyright infringement
MOSCOW, July 30 (RAPSI) - The Krasnoyarsk Region Commercial Court has ordered Kansky Commercial Bank to pay 597,700 rubles ($ 16,773) to Microsoft Corporation for the illegal use of the company’s software, the court told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The court has thus granted Microsoft Corporation‘s lawsuit.
The Corporation claimed in its lawsuit that during the inspection of the bank in the Krasnoyarsk Region the law enforcement agencies found that the bank illicitly used Microsoft computer software, the court’s press office reported earlier.
In May 2013, another Microsoft Corporation’s copyright claim seeking 101,000 rubles (app. $3,000) against the Russian-German joint venture Autobahn for the illegal use of its software was rejected by the Moscow Region Commercial Court.
Microsoft claimed in its lawsuit that during the inspection of the venture’s premises in the Moscow Region by law enforcement agencies, nine computers were found to have five unlicensed Microsoft Office programs installed on them. These computers were then confiscated.
The court rejected the claim, stating that the examination of the protocol of the inspection, as well as the expert’s conclusion, do not sufficiently prove that the unlicensed software submitted for examination was found on the computers confiscated from the defendant. In addition, the defendant stated that the inspection was not held at the address specified in the lawsuit, and Microsoft was not able to provide conclusive evidence that it was.
Microsoft filed an appeal against the ruling which was later rejected by the Tenth Commercial Court of Appeals.