Microsoft files 52 suits over pirated software

Microsoft is ramping up its fight against counterfeit software, this time targeting people alleged to have sold pirated versions of its programs on online marketplaces. The company said late yesterday that it has filed lawsuits against 52 alleged resellers of counterfeit software and referred 22 piracy cases to law enforcement agencies in more than 20 countries. Here's an example of one of the lawsuits the company filed in the U.S.: PDF, 51 pages. Microsoft said 15 of the lawsuits involve software traced to what was believed to be the largest-ever counterfeit software syndicate, which was broken up this year by Microsoft and law-enforcement officials from the U.S. and China.

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When young, i earner some money building computer and in some cases i installed a "not so legal" windows copy onto the computer, always for free and always saying "it's just courtesy and you are on your own".

The problems to install a ilegal copy of windows is not just a ethical/legal problem but customers think that installing windows also means free support, if the printers don't work or if internet dont work then they will blame you. The funny part is buying a legal copy don't grant any support, there are more support from a friends installing a "copy" of windows that buying a windows box from a store.


OOPS!

Microsoft offers a good range of support options for legal customers.

You are thinking of OEM versions which Microsoft does not provide support for. The reason is because OEM editions are intended to be installed by computer manufacturers. Microsoft gives them a price break but also relies on the manufacturer to support their own machine (including Windows).

The problem of consumers thinking Microsoft will support their pirated copies of Windows is one reason why they developed WGA. People need to understand the consequences of illegal software. And to be fair, Microsoft offered innocent victims of counterfeit software a genuine upgrade if they shared information about where the illegal software came from.

There was this group 2 guys and a mother who came in to buy a laptop for her business. I had rundown everything it comes with but they were under the impression that office is part of windows. So i said it had to be bought extra. Now because this was for business the mother was very weary but didnt want to spend the cash and the guys kept saying how they could get it no problem off the internet. And this was his exact words "Office is easy to get, you can get this **** on download.com or whatever, who pays for software anyway?" I couldnt help but laugh but blamed it on an old joke. Anyway they bought the laptop without office and I guess download.com is being searched heavily.

WGA at work. It's not about going after the users or preventing users from getting updates, it's about busting vendors who are profiting from illegal softwares.

toadeater said,
Listen to Microsoft. Stop pirating. Using Linux instead.

This article isn't just about Windows, it accounts for other software too. :P

Microsoft came in to see the business I work at, and they were impressed. Good to go.

I kinda unknowingly helped them rat out another local business that pre-installed Counterfeit copies of Microsoft Office on their machines. I just happened to mention how cheap they were, they bought one of their machines to see what the deal was, and confirmed it was counterfeit and now their website is suspended. Im assuming that business is gone now.

There was one computer repair place here in town that would install windows on your machine for $20. He is now long gone, but that guy ran one of the most illegal repair shops around. He would also charge you the same amount for a norton install. (The double insult was the fact it was illegal and it was norton) Alot of the machines he would sell even had the bios password protected. Who would be so stupid as to pirate windows on customers machines. I can see maybe doing it at home on your on time, but to sell it and make money off it. Thats just wrong, stupid and just asking to get caught.

warwagon said,
I can see maybe doing it at home on your on time, but to sell it and make money off it. Thats just wrong, stupid and just asking to get caught.

Agreed. I've seen it before tho, when I did co-op at a computer store, and customers would bring in their computers from other stores and we found out they were pirated. Stupid.
Anyone who makes money off pirated stuff deserves to be shut down.