Moscow court rejects Microsoft copyright claim against Autobahn
MOSCOW, May 23 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Region Commercial Court rejected Microsoft Corporation’s claim seeking 101,000 rubles (app. $3,200) against the Russian-German joint venture Autobahn for the illegal use of its software, a court spokesperson told RAPSI Thursday.
Microsoft claimed in its lawsuit that during the inspection of the venture’s premises in the Moscow Region by law enforcement agencies, nine computers were found to have five unlicensed Microsoft Office programs installed on them. These computers were then confiscated.
The court rejected the claim, stating that the examination of the protocol of the inspection, as well as the expert’s conclusion, do not sufficiently prove that the unlicensed software submitted for examination was found on the computers confiscated from the defendant.In addition, the defendant stated that the inspection was not held at the address specified in the lawsuit, and Microsoft was not able to provide conclusive evidence that it was.
Autobahn was founded by Wirtgen Group (Germany) and a group of Russian road construction companies in 1995, its official website reads. Using its own resources, the company provides a range of works in engineering and construction, renovation and rehabilitation of highways, bridges, overpasses, airdromes, complex engineering structures, industrial facilities, laying new utilities and relaying the existing ones.