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Symantec $12M Software Piracy Judgement

December 19, 2008


Symantec was awarded one the largest piracy judgments in its history - $12 million in damages based on verdict United State District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles against 9038-3746 Quebec Inc. and 9014-5731 Quebec Inc. which carried on business under the name Inter-Plus which was owned by Adam Cerrelli and Carmelo Cerrelli. Inter-plus had been distributing counterfeit Symantec and Microsoft software throughout North America with annual revenues approaching $3-$5M . The case dates back to 1997 when Microsoft put them notice that Inter-plus infringed its rights under the Copyright Act and the Trade Marks Act.  Apparently Cerrelli’s had relationships with authorized replicators of Microsoft and Symantec products and gained “back door” access to source media.

Another example of how sophisticated piracy distribution operations can be.

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.