Busted: 8 Counterfeiting Schemes That Shook The IT Market


Symantec's eBay Policing Pays Off

Microsoft isn't the only software vendor that's grappled with the counterfeit issue.

In 2004, Symantec pressed charges against Papa B Enterprises, a discount reseller based in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., for allegedly selling bootleg versions of its software. Papa B Enterprises was slapped with a $3.2 million fine, with owner Richard Mastrogiovanni having to pay $25,000 of that from his own pocket.

Papa B Enterprises allegedly was selling phony Symantec software on eBay, when the security vendor itself posed as one of Papa B Enterprises' buyers. Then, when Symantec got its hands on the software, it discovered it was counterfeit. Mastrogiovanni maintained that Papa B Enterprises didn't realize the product was a fake.

 



Next Page