ELK GROVE, Calif. (April 19, 2013) — A northern California man has been arrested on charges of selling counterfeit Alldata L.L.C. automotive repair software products following a joint investigation by the auto service repair data provider and local authorities.
According to Alldata, William Edwin White III, who was arrested in December, pleaded no contest to the charges. He was found guilty, sentenced and ordered to pay restitution to the company.
Alldata did not divulge how much restitution it was paid.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff Department and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force investigated Mr. White for five months, the company said, working together with Alldata's antipiracy team.
"We aggressively pursue software piracy," said Alldata President Jeff Lagges. "It's theft, and it hurts our customers by driving up costs. But it's not the same as downloading a pirated song—it's potentially a consumer safety issue because counterfeiters don't care if the information is correct.
"We do care, because incorrect information should never be used to repair vehicles," he continued. "People who don't realized they bought pirated software often call us to complain that the product isn't working correctly, which is why it's so important to purchase Alldata Repair through our sales team or our company website."
Alldata said it licenses vehicle repair, diagnostic and maintenance information directly from vehicle manufacturers and provides this information to customers through its secure, Web-based portal.
"Manufacturers often add, remove and change information. Offering our products through online subscriptions allows us to get changes to our customers quickly," Mr. Lagges said. "So buying counterfeit Alldata products not only wastes money, it's a risky business that we're working hard to stop."