Microsoft Beats Licensee's Attempt To Nix Copyright Suit

By Kurt Orzeck (February 14, 2014, 4:21 PM EST) -- A federal judge in Georgia refused Friday to dismiss Microsoft Corp.'s copyright infringement suit accusing licensee Ebix Inc. of making unauthorized copies of programs and attempting to stymie Microsoft's efforts to investigate, ruling that the plaintiff had sufficiently alleged its copyright claim.

Rejecting the defendant's motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim and lack of subject matter jurisdiction, U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. said Microsoft could move forward with its allegation that its Atlanta-based customer — which designs computer applications for insurance companies — wasn't honoring the terms of their contract in January 2012.

Ebix argued that...

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