Novell Takes Down 'Genesis' Bulletin Board
Further Raids on Illegal Boards Imminent
May 28, 1996 -- The Novell Anti-Piracy Group closed
down Belgium's largest illegal Bulletin Board System (BBS) last week.
The BBS, codenamed 'GENESIS', was run by Jean Louis Piret from
offices in Brussels. A settlement has resulted in the confiscation of
$35,000 of computer hardware and a punitive six figure sum in damages.
Novell Technical Investigators working under cover identified the
Genesis BBS. Novell then obtained a search order from the Belgium
courts which was executed on Wednesday 22nd May 1996.
The raid identified that Piret had computer equipment capable of storing
over 13 gigabytes of information. Piret himself estimated that he had in
excess of 40,000 software programs stored. These programs were
made available to the outside world via 10 telephone lines and could be
accessed by customers from all over the world.
Martin Smith, licensing manager, Novell Europe, Middle East and Africa
(EMEA) comments: "Piret had NetWare files on his system which were
valued at $66,580. These files were available to be downloaded by over
6,000 of his customers.
"Bulletin Boards such as GENESIS deprive the software industry of
millions of dollars every year. Not only do software publishers suffer, but
so do the distributors, resellers and dealers who depend on legitimate
software sales for their livelihood."
Warning that further raids on illegal boards are imminent, Smith says:
"The message to all operators of illegal Bulletin Board Systems in Europe
is clear - if you have Novell products on your BBS you are a target for
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