Earlier this morning Microsoft announced that they will be beginning legal proceedings against the electronic retailer, Comet for “creating and selling more than 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs.” allegedly Comet has sold the discs to customers wanting a recovery disk alongside their PC or laptop.

In a statement, David Finn the associate general counsel with Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft, said that Comet had been treating its customers unfairly, acting lower than Microsoft expects for its retailers:

“As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom.

“Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too.”

According to Microsoft Comet had been producing these discs in a factory in Hampshire and then selling them to customers throughout its UK stores. More recently Comet has responded to Microsoft with an official statement claiming that it did not, in fact, infringe Microsoft’s intellectual property:

“We note that proceedings have been issued by Microsoft Corporation against Comet relating to the creation of recovery discs by Comet on behalf of its customers.

“Comet has sought and received legal advice from leading counsel to support its view that the production of recovery discs did not infringe Microsoft’s intellectual property.

“Comet firmly believes that it acted in the very best interests of its customers. It believes its customers had been adversely affected by the decision to stop supplying recovery discs with each new Microsoft Operating System based computer. Accordingly Comet is satisfied that it has a good defence to the claim and will defend its position vigorously.”

What do you think? Has Comet infringed Microsoft’s intellectual property?

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