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Washington man indicted for counterfeit Microsoft product sales

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 Feb 2010 14:03 User comments (7)

Washington man indicted for counterfeit Microsoft product sales Wayne Shu was indicted by a federal grand jury for selling counterfeit copies of software made by Redmond-based software giant Microsoft Corp. The 44-year old Battle Ground, Washington man has been selling the illicit goods over the Internet for no less than 10 years.
He now stands charged with six counts of conducting mail fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods and also in illicit labels. According to the prosecution, Microsoft had sent Wayne Shu multiple cease and desist letters over his activity but that the illegal trading just continued regardless.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of Shu's home and "luxury car", as well as $1.7 million. A mail fraud conviction can land a criminal up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Shu allegedly operated companies under the name Micro Sharp, Micro Sharp Technology, Microsharp.com and Meet Your Price.

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7 user comments

126.2.2010 14:42

Good, it's a**holes like these that give pirates a bad name.

226.2.2010 14:58

Anyone who would screw with Microsoft (of ALL companies lol)and *then* ignore multiple cease and desist orders, deserves what he gets.

I agree that is idiots like this that hurt others that just want to enjoy a few movies,apps or music tracks.

326.2.2010 18:32
lissenup2
Inactive

Originally posted by Mysttic:
Good, it's a**holes like these that give pirates a bad name.
Bam!!!!!!!!!!!!

Words could never be truer. I whole-heartedly agree.

427.2.2010 11:03

technically isn't this the same thing Microsoft did to that little company who had xml patents? yet you don't see anyone at microsoft facing jail time and they have sold hundreds of millions of copies of microsoft office that was infringing someone else's patents. seems to be that the punishments for these crimes are completely disproportionate for the little guy vs a huge multimillion corporation. the big dogs get a slap on the wrist while the little guy gets the book thrown at him. why would he stop selling his merchandise with microsoft sending him cease and desist letters? microsoft doesn't stop their illegal activities of copyright infringements until they are dragged into court and even then they shrug it off considering millions in fines are nothing to a corporation like them.

515.1.2011 15:59
kokoro
Unverified new user

Think this couple i would feel bad for there kids....

615.1.2011 20:50
kokoro
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Mysttic:
Good, it's a**holes like these that give pirates a bad name.
You dont even know who they are or what happened they pleded guilty it doesnt mean they did it!

716.1.2011 14:05

Originally posted by kokoro:
Originally posted by Mysttic:
Good, it's a**holes like these that give pirates a bad name.
You dont even know who they are or what happened they pleded guilty it doesnt mean they did it!
do they not teach you kids to read anymore?yes,he did it.

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