ALLDATA prosecutes software pirate
Sept. 20, 2011—ALLDATA on Tuesday announced it successfully prosecuted a Northern California man who pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit ALLDATA products.
On June 28, ALLDATA’s Anti-Piracy team, in conjunction with the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, concluded a six-month investigation into illegally copied ALLDATA products being sold out of Northern California.
The subject of the investigation publicly advertised the pirated software in his efforts to distribute it, according to ALLDATA. The company said undercover officers conversed with the target who agreed to provide the illegal product in exchange for cash.
Authorities took the subject into custody, according to ALLDATA. The subject was charged with felony counts of possession and sale of counterfeit articles. ALLDATA said the subject pleaded guilty to felony charges in Superior Criminal Court on July 27.
"We will not tolerate software piracy," said Jeff Lagges, president of ALLDATA. "More than 80,000 ALLDATA customers appreciate the value inherent in our software. Our customers trust us as the industry leader, and we owe it to them to protect their investment. Let the pirates be on notice that we will diligently investigate and prosecute every suspected case of counterfeit software."
ALLDATA said the company is dedicated to anti-piracy and has a team that actively investigates the illegal copying, sale and distribution of its products. The team works with law enforcement throughout the country to prosecute persons who sell ALLDATA products illegally.
ALLDATA is a provider of vehicle manufacturers’ service and repair information, shop management software and customer relations tools for the automotive repair and collision industries. For more information, visit alldata.com.