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Aussie accessory importer forced to pay legal costs in Microsoft case

  • 16 August 2011
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Xbox controller (Credit: Futurilla/Flickr - http://itrau.com/nuSlfR)An Australian man has been forced to pay legal costs in a settlement with Microsoft Australia and its US counterpart, after being caught allegedly importing into the country counterfeit goods for the second time.

On May 24, Australian Customs officials allegedly seized around 116 counterfeit hard drives for Microsoft's Xbox gaming console destined for Brisbane resident and accessory seller Raymond Liu.

The case was taken to court in July, but was adjourned until last Friday by judge Justice Geoffrey Flick with the hopes of reaching an out of court settlement.

However upon returning to the court on Friday, the court ordered Liu to pay for Microsoft's legal fees, as well as ordering him to hand over the counterfeit hard drives for destruction by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

'It is important to take action to ensure that the purchasing public gets the genuine products it expect,' Clayton Noble, Legal Counsel for Microsoft Australia said. 'Counterfeit goods also have serious repercussions for the Australian resellers, as these products are being increasingly purchased through illegal international distributors rather than reputable authorised Australian partners.'

Microsoft Australia is urging Aussies to ensure Microsoft goods they purchase come from a 'reputable' reseller, as well as being aware of online auction trading sites that sometimes offer software priced 'too good to be true.'

It's the second such time Liu has been busted attempting to import or sell counterfeit Microsoft goods - 50 copies of counterfeit Microsoft software products destined for Liu were also seized by Customs at an Australian port on 21 December, 2009.

The matter was settled outside of court, with Liu reaching an agreement with Microsoft on January 18 last year, after signing a deed of undertaking agreeing not to sell any such goods in Australia. The counterfeit software was later destroyed by Customs officials as well.

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