Company Fined for Using Pirated Software to Gain Unfair Advantage Over Massachusetts Businesses
Thailand-Based Company Agrees to Stop Using Unlicensed Software
BOSTON – A Thailand-based seafood company has agreed to pay $10,000 resolving allegations that its use of unlicensed software provided an unfair competitive advantage over Massachusetts businesses, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
The AG’s Office alleged that Narong Seafood Company, Ltd., a Thai fish processor, unfairly sold and delivered products into the state by illegally using pirated software products without paying the appropriate licensing fees – a violation of M.G.L. Chapter 93A and its prohibition on unfair competition.
“Businesses using unlicensed software should not gain an unfair cost advantage over rivals who play by the rules,” AG Coakley said. “We are committed to ensuring that companies doing business in Massachusetts compete on a level playing field.”
By avoiding the cost of obtaining legitimate licenses to software used in its business activities, the AG’s Office alleged that Narong was able to reduce its costs and gain an unfair advantage over local companies that paid for the right to use such software products.
The agreement with Narong was filed today in Suffolk Superior Court. Under the terms of the Assurance of Discontinuance, Narong has agreed not to illegally use unlicensed copyrighted software programs in connection with the production or manufacturing of goods that enter Massachusetts. Narong will also pay a $10,000 civil penalty to Massachusetts.