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Sony sued for nicking software

Servers seized in France
Mon Mar 31 2008, 10:32

MAFIAA MEMBER Sony BMG, known for dragging college students and single mothers into federal court on accusations of music file sharing, has been sued by a small software company in France for allegedly using 'pirated' software.

A Sony BMG employee called upon software developer PointDev for assistance in using one of its products called Ideal Migration. When PointDev's technicians addressed the support request they found that the software had been activated with a stolen authorisation key.

PointDev got a search warrant for court bailiffs to raid a Sony BMG office in January. The raid discovered four Sony BMG servers containing unlicenced copies of PointDev's software, so the servers were seized as evidence.

PointDev apparently wants to make an example out of Sony BMG. "We are not interested in an amicable settlement. It is not just a question of money but more importantly in principle," said Agustoni Paul-Henry, CEO of PointDev.

When asked if he thought that the use of unlicenced software might have been merely the thoughtless act of a single Sony BMG employee, Paul-Henry disagreed. "I think piracy is linked to the policy of a company. If the employee has the necessary funding to buy the software they need, it will. If this is not the case, he will find alternative ways, as the work must be done in one way or another."

La Province has a lengthy report in French here, with a translation of it here.

Sony BMG is apparently so embarrassed that it reportedly told La Province not to report on the ongoing investigation. Well, its bluster obviously didn't work. µ



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