ORLANDO-It's getting to be an old story for Microsoft Corp., butthe California computer maker is in U.S. District Court here again,protecting its patented software programs.

Microsoft's three lawsuits against locally-based DacanayConsulting and two Clearwater, FL companies allege the defendantsresold counterfeit software to customers. Computers Etc. and EvaComputer Service, and Dacanay deny the charges.

The suits seek unspecified damages of at least $75,000 againsteach defendant. Microsoft is trying to determine the total value ofthe counterfeit sales before asking the court to assessdamages.

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