Symantec Awarded More Than $1 Million in Software Piracy Case

Symantec Corp. announced it has been awarded more than $1 million in restitution as a result of a criminal software piracy case in Houston, Texas. Li Chen pled guilty to one count of trademark infringement and agreed to the restitution as part of a plea bargain.

The case, prosecuted by the Harris County District Attorney’s office, was the result of a year-long investigation by the Houston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was initiated based on information uncovered in an investigation conducted by Symantec and other software companies into Chen’s activities.

After a search warrant was served by law enforcement authorities on November 17, 2004, more than 5,100 units of counterfeit Symantec software was seized from Chen’s business, Microsource International, located in Houston. In addition, documents were seized revealing that between April 2002 and October 2004, Chen sold counterfeit Symantec software with a retail value of more than $9.9 million.

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