Microsoft has had enough of playing games with Viodentia

Earlier this week, DailyTech reported on an Engadget interview with the creator of the FairUse4WM digital right management (DRM) stripping utility. The author, who simply goes by "Viodentia," has been battling Microsoft for the past month releasing new updates as the Redmond-based company scrambled to patch the vulnerabilities. Today, Microsoft is stepping up their efforts against Viodentia by filing a lawsuit.

Microsoft makes the claim that the creator of FairUse4WM illegally obtained copyrighted source code to circumvent DRM. "Our own intellectual property was stolen from us and used to create this tool. They obviously had a leg up on any of the other hackers that might be creating circumvention tools from scratch," said an attorney for Microsoft. Viodentia responded with the following, "FairUse4WM has been my own creation, and has never involved Microsoft source code. I link with Microsoft's static libraries provided with the compiler and various platform SDK (software development kit) files."

Microsoft is hoping that by filing the lawsuit, it will be able to trace Viodentia's "digital trail" and bring him to justice. From CNET News:

However, the federal "John Doe" lawsuit, along with "dozens" of legal letters sent to Internet sites that are hosting the allegedly copyright-infringing tool, is a decidedly different tack for Microsoft. The copyright lawsuit was filed in Seattle federal court last Friday, without a name attached. Just as in the recording industry's many lawsuits against accused file swappers, it targets an unknown individual or individuals, whose true identity will be sought in the course of the case.

Viodentia has been rather elusive so far, so Microsoft is going to need all the help it can get.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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