Microsoft filed a lawsuit late Friday in opposition to an IP address, alleging that an particular person or group of people has been utilizing that IP address to illegally activate copies of Home windows, Office, and different merchandise with out the correct license.
A conventional vacation information dump, the grievance filed in Western Washington District Courtroom says that somebody used an IP address to aim to activate pirated or unlicensed copies of Microsoft’s flagship software program merchandise. A WhoIs search of the IP address (188.8.131.52) results in a Comcast workplace in suburban New Jersey, but it surely’s unclear who is absolutely on the receiving finish of the grievance, filed in opposition to “John Does 1-10.”
Microsoft representatives didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The case seems to be similar to a separate lawsuit filed by Microsoft in March 2016 that courtroom data point out was dismissed later that 12 months after an undisclosed settlement was reached. On this swimsuit, the corporate indicated that it believes the defendants had been shopping for or promoting low cost computer systems furnished exterior of regular distribution channels and loaded with illegally copied software program, which they then tried to activate with respectable product-activation keys.
“Throughout the software program activation course of, Defendants contacted Microsoft activation servers in Washington over 2800 occasions from December 2014 to July 2017, and transmitted detailed info to these servers in an effort to activate the software program,” the corporate stated within the grievance. Later within the grievance, Microsoft stated the defendants tried to activate over 1,000 copies of unlicensed software program with keys that had both been used too many occasions already or had been supposed for use in a unique area.
Microsoft is claiming each copyright and trademark infringement, and requested the courtroom to impound all copies of the unlicensed software program. A replica of the grievance follows under.