Microsoft takes legal moves against pirates

Microsoft is preparing 55 legal actions worldwide against sellers on auction sites who are hawking illegal copies of the company's software, the company said Tuesday.

The actions are a mix of lawsuits and criminal complaints, said Jean-Christophe Le Toquin, a Microsoft attorney for Europe, the Middle East and Africa region. Microsoft has or will file 34 actions in Europe including Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

The company will seek prison terms for high-volume sellers and fines for less flagrant violations, Le Toquin said.

Microsoft has stepped up its anti-piracy campaign through legal suits. The company also sent out a program, Windows Genuine Advantage, to Windows computers that verifies whether the OS is a genuine, licensed copy.

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If people download pirated software then they should be left alone as if they get a logger or virus then that will teach em.

However they should go after those that upload and/or sell pirated software.

I've seen people openly selling software at eBay telling the buyers that it comes with a key generator.


Now eBay should also be penalised by the courts for allowing such content as they are profiting from it.

I don't know, I mean look at how they totally locked hackers out of XP so nobody could pirate it or hack it, I'm sure their offensive against pirates will be at least that effective!


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"Yarr harr fiddle-dee-dee
being a pirate is alright with me
do what you want cuz a pirate lives free
you are a pirate."

Some fakes are of such high-quality that the compact discs and packaging are sent to a special Microsoft lab in Ireland for confirmation

You own your own country?! :blink:

Seriously though, it's about time... Maybe this will shut up the twits who seem to think they can get away with selling beta versions of Vista on eBay!

Shame they can't do much about the complete brainless morons who bid on them though! :P

Quote - FloatingFatMan said @ #1.1
You own your own country?! :blink:

Seriously though, it's about time... Maybe this will shut up the twits who seem to think they can get away with selling beta versions of Vista on eBay!

Shame they can't do much about the complete brainless morons who bid on them though! :P

Wakakakkaka.. very funny