Microsoft Corp. today issued proceedings against Comet Group PLC for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs. The alleged counterfeits were sold to customers who had purchased Windows-loaded PCs and laptops.
“As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” said David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. “Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too.”
The suit charges Comet with producing the counterfeits in a factory in Hampshire and then selling the media to customers from its retail outlets across the U.K.
I can't see how Comet have broken any laws. They have made a recovery CD that the customer could make themselves from the OS the customer paid for. They charged extra money for the convenience of this plus the media which MS didn't.
Unless they stamped the disks with Microsoft logos or implied it was a genuine Microsoft disk, of course.
If they had then the police would have been called in.
Presumably Microsoft feel they have broken a contractual or licencing arrangement.
Regardless of the outcome of the case, supplying computers without an OS disk (and expecting customers to make their own recovery media before doing anything else) is the very opposite of consumer-friendly.
The average punter doesn't know they are supposed to do it, and often wouldn't know how. If the recovery partition or hard drive fails they are left with a piece of junk.
A computer without a physical OS installation disk is worthless.