Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law

Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law, But you try telling the Dutch Police this.  The land of easy-going attitudes and impossibly-good footballers, saw its police force requesting a rebate from Microsoft.  They had bought nearly €3Million of Microsoft Home User Edition Licences in 2008, and the courts have finally ruled.

Precedence might have been on their side, as they made an erroneous purchase of €760,000 office licenses back in 2005. Microsoft made a one-time, not-to-be-repeated refund here.

However, a lack of due-diligence resulted in the spend being upheld by a judge as not requiring to be returned by Microsoft. The licences were sold “as-is”. It was down to the Dutch Police to consider how they would be used.  #RTFQ

And just to rub salt into the wounds, the Dutch police were also expected to cover legal costs for bringing the court case.

Had Microsoft somehow told the Dutch Police the software would help catch criminals quicker, or made some other dubious claim as to the software’s capability then the Dutch Police might have grounds for complaint – but this was not the case.

Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law: Our thanks

Huge thanks must go to Janet Coetzee who brought this story to the attention of SAM Charter. That’s at least a cup of coffee we owe you!

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