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Microsoft sues 20 US-based companies for illegal hard-disk loading

Microsoft is taking the fight to the counterfeiters. The Redmond, Washington based company announced that it is filing 20 lawsuits against US resellers that are illegally distributing copies of Microsoft software. The companies under fire are accused of distributing counterfeit operating systems and accompanying software by using hard-disk loading (selling a customer or business a computer with pre-installed, unlicensed software).

Microsoft also announced the results of its forensic analysis of counterfeit copies of Windows XP from 17 different countries. Not surprisingly, the discs studied either didn't install or were loaded with additional content not officially sanctioned by Microsoft. According to Microsoft:

Of the 348 disks studied:

  • Thirty-four percent of the counterfeit copies
  • Forty-three percent had additional programs, or binary code, that are not part of genuine Microsoft Windows.

Of the remaining 228 disks:

  • Sixty-six percent had additional programs, or binary code, that are not part of genuine Microsoft Windows.
  • More than 40 percent of these added software programs or binaries had faults, and many included illegally created product keys, other tampered code, or code invisible to the user.

Microsoft has fought long and hard over the years against software piracy. The company ruffled a few feathers in the industry when it introduced a new activation scheme with its Windows XP operating system in 2001. Over the years, Microsoft has added additional features to combat piracy or let customers know if they have become a victim of counterfeiting. The Windows Genuine Advantage Program came under fire in June after it was found out that it was "phoning home" to Microsoft. Despite Microsoft's scramble to release an updated version of the software, two lawsuits followed after the initial discovery.

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By Schadenfroh on 9/20/2006 10:16:23 AM , Rating: 4
Man that picture of Balmer needs a caption... badly.

RE: Steve
By dice1111 on 9/20/2006 10:48:44 AM , Rating: 5
In excitement over the new lawsuits;

*Moving his arms around in horizontal circles*
"Go Balmer, it's your birthday, go Balmer"

RE: Steve
By rushfan2006 on 9/20/2006 11:07:35 AM , Rating: 4
Dude is it just me or does he look like he's trying to "pass" a bad burrito he had at Taco Bell?


RE: Steve
By GhandiInstinct on 9/20/06, Rating: 0
RE: Steve
By CrackRabbit on 9/20/2006 11:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a lawyer."
"New Windows Vista, Knock out the pirates!"

RE: Steve
By encryptkeeper on 9/20/06, Rating: 0
RE: Steve
By umerok on 9/20/2006 2:13:55 PM , Rating: 3

RE: Steve
By Trisped on 9/20/2006 3:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
"Balmer makes jabbing motions with his fist as he talks about socking it to the software pirates."

RE: Steve
By MonkeyPaw on 9/20/2006 5:07:07 PM , Rating: 2
That's his "I'm going to f*****g kill Google" pose. I don't know how the people at Google sleep at night...

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