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MA Lighting achieves further success in fight against illegal use of grandMA2 software

Germany – For quite some time consoles from China have been brought onto the market by a German distribution company. With regards to the key arrangement, these consoles are based on the MA onPC wing devices. In addition, these consoles, if the grandMA2 software is installed, illegally unlock parameters.

By preliminary injunction of the Munich Regional Court, the distribution company concerned has now been prohibited from distributing MA Lighting grandMA2 onPC software on devices other than original MA Lighting hardware. The infringer now faces a fine of up to 250,000 euros for each case of a violation of the court ban and up to six months in custody if the amount can not be raised. In order to avoid further legal disputes, the distribution company concerned has also committed itself to the complete cessation of sales of "Kolibre" devices from the Chinese manufacturer YEL Technology, subject to criminal prosecution.

MA has information about Chinese consoles in the country and strongly recommends that companies owning such consoles – regardless of type or Chinese manufacturer – do not use them with grandMA2 onPC software at events. Users and operators should refuse to use such a combination for a show in order not to expose themselves to such liability risks and to make themselves liable to prosecution for an illegal act.

The circumvention of technical protective measures of copyrighted software and unauthorised interference with technical protective measures of such software for commercial purposes is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine, § 108 b UrhG. It is not a trivial offence!

11th October 2018

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