Microsoft forces pirate to advertise his guilt

A software pirate has been forced to take out an advertisement in the computer press after Microsoft won a legal case against him.

The conviction is part of Microsoft's campaign to crack down on people selling pirated software on eBay.

So far 55 people have been charged and the conviction of M A Jabarkhail of Grimsby was secured in January.

As part of the judgement under the EU Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive, Jabarkhail was forced to take out an advertisement in PC Retail, a title chosen by Microsoft.

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Although I dislike Microsoft in more ways than I can count, they still have the right to protecting their product. I wouldn't want someone stealing one of my things.

g0wg said,
nope, he was advertising pirated software and MS told him to remove it. Title is kinda misleading

Um, no. Did YOU read????

I dont really see how justice has been done?

I know i'd rather have a magazine ad advertising what ive done (it would be all over the net anyway), than pay a fine/jail

I don't have any particular person with one individual pirating software, but if a corpartion does or an indivudual is selling pirated softare it is a totally different ballgame.

Microsoft should be careful what they ask for---soon the computer and magazine ads will be full of Microsoft's Screw-Ups

Yeah, they have those on television. This cool, hip looking guy tells us that we should all get a "Mac" because it runs Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. And Microsoft didn't even have to pay for that advertising!

... Just as they don't have to pay for Dell or HP's advertising.

Apple is first and foremost a hardware company, that makes good software to support it.

Considering they [MS] have been found guilty of pirating numerous times over the years. It's ironic for them to be complainging about it.

MrCobra said,
Considering they [MS] have been found guilty of pirating numerous times over the years. It's ironic for them to be complainging about it.

Will you compare innovation over piracy?

You should head on over to Encarta and look up the word irony. Ironically, you don't seem to know what it means. Or you just like to make stuff up.

There's nothing ironic about justice being served. Let's see, how does that go again? Oh, yes, that's right. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

But I think justice would best be served if criminals like this were issued community service, say 10 hours per copy sold. Obviously they don't have a job (or a life or a brain) since they make money off Microsoft's work, but they aren't necessarily dangerous people. Make them work off their debt to society. Posting their face in a magazine won't do much for society. Make them work to earn the money they gained by fraud.

Marc Podito said,
MrCobra said,
Considering they [MS] have been found guilty of pirating numerous times over the years. It's ironic for them to be complainging about it.

Will you compare innovation over piracy?

Directly stealing code and claiming it was thier own creation is not innovation.

I'll tell you like I told Brandon Live, go look up the leagal history of Microsoft. Microsoft has been busted on more than one occasion for pirating. You'll find links I posted throughout the forums.

C_Guy said,
You should head on over to Encarta and look up the word irony. Ironically, you don't seem to know what it means. Or you just like to make stuff up.

There's nothing ironic about justice being served. Let's see, how does that go again? Oh, yes, that's right. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

But I think justice would best be served if criminals like this were issued community service, say 10 hours per copy sold. Obviously they don't have a job (or a life or a brain) since they make money off Microsoft's work, but they aren't necessarily dangerous people. Make them work off their debt to society. Posting their face in a magazine won't do much for society. Make them work to earn the money they gained by fraud.

Was that a reply to me?