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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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RE: This it to obtain revenue
By masteraleph on 7/18/2006 9:40:36 PM , Rating: 2
Gee...perhaps they're trying to help people who legitimately sell Windows? You know, like small vendors who legally by XP and then have their prices undercut by some jerk who sells illegal copies?

Think about it this way: it makes sense for MS, because hopefully the next time someone buys a computer, it'll have a real copy of Windows rather than a pirated one. And it keeps vendors selling real copies in business. Let's ponder MS's interest in the case...


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