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Microsoft Slaps e-Commerce Site With Piracy Suit

Microsoft has put Jigantic.com on notice, suing the online software reseller for allegedly trafficking pirated copies of SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft set up a sting operation to ensnare the company, hiring an investigator in 2008 to purchase software on Jigantic.com to gather evidence about a so-called "bait-and-switch" scheme. Microsoft is accusing the company of passing off pirated copies of its software as legitimate, and then issuing customers a Software Assurance contract rather than the costlier license. IT Channel Planet takes a look.


Microsoft Corp. has sued an online software reseller for fraudulently selling pirated copies of its SQL Server 2008 database without telling customers that they wouldn't get legitimate licenses to use the software.

In a case filed Aug. 27 in the U.S. District Court in the District of Connecticut, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) claims that software e-tailer jigantic.com has been selling customers Software Assurance contracts, which are about half the price of the actual database software, as genuine SQL Server licenses and client access licenses (CALs).

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Microsoft Sues Reseller for Bogus SQL Server Scam