A Canadian federal court judge has awarded Microsoft $500,000 in statutory damages against a Québec software reseller. The software reseller knowingly purchased and resold counterfeit Microsoft software, infringing on 25 copyrights. The company purchased the software from unauthorized distributors without checking where the product originated. In what is being tabled as a clear message to counterfeiters in Canada and worldwide, the court jointly held the company and its owner personally liable for the maximum amount allowed under law. The judge in this case went beyond the company, lifted the corporate veil and imposed an additional six-figure punitive damage award directly against the owner.