Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Microsoft Sues BDS Computer Outlet

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Microsoft Sues BDS Computer Outlet

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An Oklahoma City computer store is being sued by Microsoft Corp. for alleged copyright infringement.

BDS Computer Outlet, at 400 S. Vermont Ave. (near Interstate 40 and Meridian), recently expanded to a second location in Oklahoma City, at Broadway and Memorial Road. BDS recently streamlined itself and now has fewer than 20 employees, said co-owner Ryan Bhuvasorakul. The 3-year-old company sells new, used and refurbished computers.

Co-owners Bob Braudrick and Bhuvasorakul are named individually in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma.

What they were doing was they were taking a copy of Microsoft (software), just taking the one disk - they would buy one copy of something - and then they would load it on different computers that they would sell, said Mary Jo Schrade, senior attorney for Microsoft.

We're not into duplicating software, that's for sure, said Bhuvasorakul. I don't even fully understand the legals of it yet. I still haven't heard back from my attorney to really tell me what the problem is. It's a bunch of legalese that I didn't understand.

Really, it stinks, said Bhuvasorakul. I don't know. I think it's just kind of picking on the wrong guys, but hopefully everything will be resolved. I'm really surprised at it, but of course we're going to do everything we can to make it right.

Microsoft software can legally be resold if it is accompanied by the recovery disk, manual, and certification of authorization, which is a sticker that goes on it, said Schrade. Without those things, there is a problem. Microsoft may learn of a potential copyright infringement in a few ways.

Sometimes it might be another honest company in the same area who is losing business to a company who can sell their products for less because they don't pay for the software that's installed on them, said Schrade. In other cases, a customer who is having problems with their software may call the company for technical support, since they don't have a manual or a recovery disk.

Anyone who is aware of a potential copyright infringement may call the Microsoft's anti-piracy hotline, 800-RU-LEGIT, or send an e- mail to piracy@ microsoft. …

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