Microsoft Costa Rica announced last week that plans to file a lawsuit against a Tico company that, according to Microsoft, has illegally used and sold its Windows XP and Office software. Microsoft did not release the name of the company, but said it is in San José near the MercedesTower on Paseo Colón.
According to a statement from Microsoft, a search of the unnamed company’s offices by officials from the Property Rights Registry found the company had accumulated $15,000 in unpaid licensing fees and purchases of original software.
The use of pirated software in Costa Rica results in losses of approximately $16 million per year for the technology industry, said the statement.
“With initiatives like this we seek to… create a just environment of competition for business partners who sell applications under legal licensing schemes,” said Miguel Muñoz, Microsoft’s Licensing Programs Director for the Caribbean and Central America,.