By Paul Ploumis 21 Sep 2015 Last updated at 07:47:10 GMT
PHOENIX (Scrap Monster): Arizona-based Global Electronics Recycling (GER) has been sued by Microsoft for alleged stealing and selling of unofficial copies of Office 2010 software.
According to Microsoft, GER was supposed to destroy the software. However, irresponsible action by the company has resulted in illegal distribution and activation of around 700,000 unused product keys. The lawsuit states that the recycling contractor must be held responsible for the above act and be forced to pay copyright damages.
The lawsuit states that GER's owners Danny and Gary Kirkpatrick acted with willful blindness to Microsoft's rights to Office 2010. The recycling company was supposed to store and later dispose of unused hardware and software. The act by the company is in strict violation of its contract with Microsoft. The lawsuit also alleges that the recycling contractor failed to supervise the activities carried out by its employees. It demands that GER should pay for all copyright damage. Almost ten employees are involved in the act, states the lawsuit that names the GER owners.
This is not the first time that Microsoft has sued a recycling company for such acts. Earlier, it had also sued a Tampa recycling firm for selling illegal copies of Windows 7.
Phoenix, Arizona-based Global Electronic Recycling, LLC is a ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 registered company that offers specialized recycling solutions to company-specific needs. It is one of the limited numbers of recyclers in the region who has achieved both the R2 and RIOS certifications and is an R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler. The company has additional locations in Texas and Mexico.