The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for software and digital content industries filed eight new software piracy lawsuits on behalf of SIIA member Adobe Systems Incorporated.
The lawsuits were filed against online sellers who sold Adobe software on eBay and other websites. According to the lawsuits, the sellers illegally sold Adobe software, including counterfeit, and/or academic or OEM software without proper authorization.
In order to defend our members’ businesses and protect innocent consumers, SIIA operates the industry’s most aggressive anti-piracy program,said Scott Bain, Chief Litigation Counsel and Director of Internet Anti-Piracy for SIIA. We continually monitor online auctions and websites so we can identify unauthorized sellers, shut them down and bring them to justice. We expect these lawsuits to result in significant penalties for the sellers.
The lawsuit which was filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California charged 8 individual defendants with engaging in copyright and trademark infringement through the unauthorized sale of Adobe Software.
Most of the defendants were eBay users along with several others who sold illegal Adobe products on other sites. eBay is known to be a haven for sellers to sell counterfeit software without any problems because of the lack of monitoring on items sold through the website.
However, eBay does periodically run checks and delists sellers who they deem to be selling illegal software or products. So will this lawsuits set a precedent for others who take up to eBay to sell counterfeit or illegal software? Only time will tell.