Why Apple is taking legal action against Microsoft for using its own software in its Macs
Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit filed by a former Apple employee who says his employer’s use of Microsoft software to create Macs infringes on copyright.
The lawsuit was filed Monday by the same firm that filed a similar suit in July that accused Microsoft of copying the source code of its Windows-based Windows 10 operating system and selling it to Apple and other companies for use in its devices.
Apple’s case is similar to one filed in January by the Motion Picture Association of America, which accused Microsoft and its partners of using the same Microsoft software in the Apple Watch, iPhones and iPads.
Apple is seeking more than $1 billion in damages, plus costs.
It is also seeking an injunction that would prevent Microsoft from using its code for Apple products.
“We have been notified by Microsoft that it is currently developing and selling its own OS to third parties that have exclusive rights to use the source of the Microsoft operating system,” Apple said in a statement.
“The use of Apple’s source code in the devices and accessories for which Plaintiffs seek relief is illegal and constitutes infringement of Plaintiffs patents. “
“Microsoft’s use and distribution of its source code is illegal, violates Apple’s copyrights, and harms Plaintiffs business.””
Apple is the first company to file a lawsuit on Microsoft’s behalf, and it is the only one to accuse the company of copying Apple’s software.”
Microsoft’s use and distribution of its source code is illegal, violates Apple’s copyrights, and harms Plaintiffs business.”
Apple is the first company to file a lawsuit on Microsoft’s behalf, and it is the only one to accuse the company of copying Apple’s software.
Microsoft has defended its software as being free of any copyrighted elements, but the company said it doesn’t license its source material.
Apple said it will continue to fight Microsoft’s lawsuit.
“Apple continues to stand for innovation, fairness and security for our users, and we will continue working with the company to ensure it has the resources to defend itself in this matter,” it said in its statement.