Autodata has struck again in its campaign to stamp out Intellectual Property crime.
The Maidenhead-based data company reached an out-of-court settlement with a pirate seller of its products.
Autodata was alerted to the activities of an unauthorised supplier by one of its customers in the London area.
It responded by instigating a covert enquiry by its IP team, which carried out test purchases of the software being sold illegally.
A spokesperson for Autodata said: â€œThis result followed several reports we received from customers concerned about approaches from counterfeit software sellers.
â€œWe continue to work closely with Trading Standards to highlight any issues and concerns that garages have with this activity.
â€œAnybody considering making counterfeit copies of our software, and particularly those who then attempt to sell these out-of-date examples, should be aware of the danger this poses to the public and that the heavy hand of the law is on the side of the IP rights holder.â€
In this case, the vendor had moved to another part of the country in an attempt to escape prosecution, but evidence was gathered and his operation traced to a new residence.
When approached with the evidence against him, he was confronted with settling against damages or facing court action.