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
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.
Of the 348 disks studied:
Of the remaining 228 disks:
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.