300,000 pirated copies go up in flames
In cooperation with Microsoft, the Cologne customs investigation team has succeeded in the biggest blow to date against software piracy in Europe. In the past two days, a total of 300,000 pirated copies, 400,000 manuals, registration cards and certificates of authenticity went up in flames in the Düsseldorf waste incineration plant.
In the summer of 1998, several pallets of pirated copies were seized at the Dutch border and subsequently House searches found pirated copies of Microsoft products with a total value of around 120 million marks. The 39 year old Texan criminal was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment by the Aachen regional court. During the incineration, several trucks had to bring around 60 tons of material to be destroyed. Since the counterfeit products can hardly be distinguished from the originals, close cooperation between the companies and the customs offices is inevitable.