What appears to be a large-scale organised software counterfeiting ring has been busted in Scotland.

Police and Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) raided the offices of a software distribution firm and private homes in Kinross, Blackburn, Livingston and Broxburn, seizing about £3.5m-worth of alleged counterfeit Microsoft software and licences.

The West Lothian TSO has presented a report to Scotland's Procurator Fiscal who will decide how the individuals involved are to be charged.

Over 1350 packages of Windows 98 and Office 2000, were seized along with "a large cardboard box of over 7000 counterfeit licences," said a Trading Standards Officer involved in the raid. Microsoft licences are supplied sealed with the software they relate to and not separately. A printing company is also helping with enquiries.

The Business Software Alliance, an anti-piracy organisation, has settled with two central European companies selling CD-ROM copiers. They have paid the BSA $1.5m between them for selling CD burners to known pirates.