Microsoft Sues Resellers for Selling Pirated Software
July 18, 2006 10:07 AM
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Piracy is not a business model Microsoft says
In an effort to crack down on software piracy,
Microsoft this week filed 26 lawsuits against resellers
, alleging that many of them sell pirated versions of Windows and other Microsoft software. Microsoft filed the suit across several states and said that it found unlicensed software on many computer systems.
Mary Jo Schrade, a senior attorney at Microsoft said that "our message should be made very clear by today's lawsuits. We are committed to finding the unscrupulous dealers of pirated software and making piracy a business model that doesn't work."
According to reports, Microsoft gathered evidence by purchasing computer systems from various resellers under a secret identity. Microsoft said that it then tests the systems for unlicensed software. Microsoft did not mention which resellers were part of its crackdown.
In recent anti-piracy news, Microsoft was forced to do a double take on its Windows Genuine Advantage program. After its last major release, so many users complained that
WGA performed calls back to Microsoft servers without first informing users
of its actions. Microsoft was then forced to issue a new version of WGA. Unfortunately,
Microsoft ended up receiving lawsuits over WGA anyway
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7/18/2006 11:12:34 AM
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"Large organizations go after vendors selling products illegally. Film at 11."
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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