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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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RE: Microsoft Vista PC?
By rushfan2006 on 9/20/2006 1:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
I've wondered that before myself with MS...why they don't come out with their own complete PC be the Apple but of the PC world (obviously).

I mean its not like they don't have the financial resources to open up that kind of business unit or for the marketing. Secondly, what the hell MS gets their hands in every pot anyway, or at least tries too, when it comes to the computing/software world -- consumer side anyway.

As for the lawsuits comment...not a totally invalid point -- if for no other reason but the tremendous love (yes I'm being sarcastic) people have for Microsoft....people would sue for any small thing at all if they made their own complete systems.

RE: Microsoft Vista PC?
By Pirks on 9/20/2006 4:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
people would sue for any small thing at all if they made their own complete systems
Look, people sued Apple for scratchy iPods - and Apple just slided over that and continues to grow iPod and Mac business as fast as ever. So what if people sue MS for scratchy MS Vista PC? Same result - MS will at best pay 20 bucks per person involved or provide them with some coupons/discounts or whatever for compensation and move along - just like Apple did.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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