Microsoft claims copyright and trademark infringement in a lawsuit against an IP address that it says illegally activates copies of Windows, Office, and other products without being licensed.
Microsoft's lawsuit names the defendants as "JOHN DOES 1-10 using IP address 188.8.131.52." According to GeekWire, the result of its WHOIS search of that IP address was a Comcast office located in New Jersey, which leaves it unclear about who really lies behind the "JOHN DOES" cited in the suit.
Court documents state: "Defendants activated and attempted to activate thousands of copies of Microsoft software, much of which was pirated and unlicensed." The lawsuit goes on to claim that Microsoft isn't the only entity hurt by these activities; consumers also suffer from "security risks associated with the use of pirated software."
Microsoft seeks damages along with "injunctive relief and an order compelling the impounding of all infringing materials."
In an earlier (perhaps related?) case, in 2016, Microsoft filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against 10 “John Does” it claimed had “activated and attempted to activate at least several thousand copies of Microsoft software, much of which was pirated and unlicensed.” Later that year, a US federal judge approved Microsoft’s request to subpoena Comcast for the identity of Internet customers that the company claimed was pirating its products.
In other recent Microsoft trademark news, the company has filed a trademark application for "Sticky Ink," which is described as software for editing digital photos. And it has been granted a new EUIPO trademark for "T ii" for computers, computer hardware, peripherals, etc. approved