Novell and Microsoft Win Ruling in Lawsuit With the Final Frontier BBS
OREM, Utah -- February 24, 1997 -- Novell, Inc. and Microsoft announced they have
received a crucial ruling in their lawsuit against The Final Frontier Bulletin Board System (BBS). The
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona ruled that the system operator for The Final
Frontier is responsible for damages to the software companies.
Microsoft and Novell first became aware that The Final Frontier was dealing in illegal software when
investigators were able to log onto the board using an alias and download the illegal software. Further
investigation revealed that The Final Frontier was a member of two groups specializing in illegal software.
The two groups, Nokturnal Trading Alliance (NTA) and Rise in Superior Couriering (RISC) are well
known in the BBS world.
Investigators from Novell and Microsoft were able to verify 146 improper downloads in a very short period
of time. The Bankruptcy Court awarded $73,000.00 to Microsoft and Novell based upon the number of
illegal downloads of each company's software. In its ruling the court stated, "The economic reality is that
any amount awarded is the functional equivalent of an economic death sentence to this debtor.....if the
debtor's financial circumstances were better or the violations had been for profit, the award would have
Harrison Colter, attorney for Novell, stated " The judges words 'economic death sentence' send a very
powerful message. I hope others get the message so that they do not suffer the same fate for their illegal
"Although we are competitors in the marketplace, the damaging effects of software piracy greatly harm
both of our companies and ultimately the entire software industry and its consumers," commented Jim
Lowe, Microsoft Corporate Attorney. "Neither Microsoft nor Novell will stand by while bulletin boards
illegally offer our products to download."
Novell has established an anti-piracy group and telephone hot line for reporting illegal use of Novell
software or making related inquiries. Call 1-800-PIRATES (800-747-2837) or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Consumers with questions about the legitimacy of Microsoft products should call the Microsoft Anti-piracy
Hotline at 1-800-RU-LEGIT or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive more information about
software piracy, call the Business Software Alliance (BSA) Anti-piracy Hotline at 1-888-NO-PIRACY or
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