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Microsoft files suit

Microsoft has filed a string of lawsuits in the US against resellers allegedly engaged in the distribution of infringing software and software components.

The software giant filed 20 lawsuits in total in nine different states including Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New York, and Texas.

The lawsuits were filed against companies that have allegedly distributed counterfeit software or software components or participated in hard-disk loading.

Microsoft defines hard-disk loading as the installation of unlicensed software on computers that are then sold to unsuspecting businesses or consumers.

It said the lawsuits were part of a wider company initiative aimed at combating counterfeiting and other forms of software piracy.

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