Aiming to stop the diversion of software from education, software giant Microsoft Corp. has filed five lawsuits against U.S. companies and individuals, claiming they purchased deeply discounted Windows and Office software intended for use by students and sold it to retail customers at retail prices.

The company filed the suits April 2 in federal courts in California, Nevada, and Florida, alleging the parties infringed on Microsoft's copyright by importing and distributing versions of Windows and Office that were not meant to be sold through


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