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Omani police have seized 20,000 bootlegged software programs in a raid on a 'major reseller' in the gulf Arab state, Reuters reports. There were no arrests, according to the Business Software Alliance, which announced the raid on Sunday (although it didn't say when it took place - or who the reseller is ) If this was a first time offence, convicted software pirates are liable to fines up to $5,200 or two years in jail.
Presumably, the major reseller could find some of its software accreditations under threat too.



HP is to offer Web-based support services to customers 'in conjunction with its value-added, second tier distribution partners', Euro-channel publication ESN reports. No we don't know what this means either. But the support programme is called h

Instant Support

, it's kicking off first in the UK and the Nordic region, and it's a part of a move to [develop] complete computer activity services with our channel partners," marketing manager Olivier Frank tells

ESN

.




Specialist VAR Software For Sport has bought Integra Computer Systems for an undisclosed amount. The Leatherhead, Surrey-based firm said the acquisition of Integra will double its turnover. Integra is an accountancy software reseller, majoring on Multisoft and Sage software, but it also has its own inhouse product, called MemberNet.



Software for Sport says this CRM product, designed for professional bodies, institutions and trade associations, will fit in very nicely with its portfolio of software for sports clubs and venues.
There will also be some scope for cost-cutting through consolidation of offices and functions, post merger, the companies say.



European Micro Holdings, the American-owned, European-based distie, has succeeded in getting claims against the company

thrown out of the US Courts

. The fight now moves onto Amsterdam, where the cost of redress is said to be considerably cheaper than the US.




Senior Ingram Micro executive Steve McAdam has left the company after just six months in the job.


McAdam was director of specialist sales, responsible for the sales strategy of Ingram's storage, connectivity, and components divisions. CRN reports his departure from the distributor is by 'mutual consent'. His job had been specially created for him, following spells at IBM, ChannelWeb, and Indus River Networks.



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