Autodesk today announced that it has filed a lawsuit seeking legal compliance from Torsten Moses, whose LT-Extender software allegedly violates Autodesk’s copyright protected intellectual property and other rights.
According to a statement, evidence indicates that LT-Extender is unlawfully manipulating Autodesk’s AutoCAD LT software and inciting the unauthorised copying of AutoCAD files to offer extended functionality that is unsupported by Autodesk.
Autodesk is aggressively pursuing Moses, who offers LT-Extender under the company name TM-CAD IngenieurbÃ¼ro, and investigating similar reported unlawful and unauthorised practices by other companies in order to protect and safeguard intellectual property rights and the competitive advantage of customers using Autodesk software.
‘Protecting our customers is our primary concern. We cannot support the technology offered by violating companies so our customers are vulnerable to receiving products that are not supported by Autodesk and may not operate properly with the applications of Autodesk’s legitimate 2,800 third-party developers,’ said Sandy Boulton, director of the Piracy Prevention Department at Autodesk.
‘Companies like LT-Extender are stealing from our creative team of product engineers and putting our customers and their valuable design work at risk,’ added Boulton.
Unlike AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT was not intended as an application development platform, but as a 2D alternative to the full 2D and 3D features and functions of AutoCAD software.
Autodesk says that users who require features and functions beyond those provided by AutoCAD LT should consider AutoCAD products or one of the industry-specific Autodesk programs, either stand-alone or together with one or more third-party applications.
Today’s action is part of Autodesk’s Piracy Prevention Program, details of which can be found <A HREF=’http://www.autodesk.com/piracy’>Here</A>