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Microsoft and eBay Hook up to Catch Pirates

Microsoft and
eBay are working together to
stop the sale of pirated software on the online auction site. The companies said in a statement that over 21,000 suspect software sales
were removed from the eBay
site between August and October this year. Around half were sales of counterfeit copies of Windows, and 36 per cent were
fake copies of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft claimed that the crackdown is working because eBay removed 11,535
suspected counterfeit sales from the site in August. This fell to 4,460 in
September and 5,423 in October. But many sellers have insisted that eBay is not doing enough to tackle fraud.
Richard Coleman, a regular eBay user from Luton, said: "I have been the victim
of at least three fraudsters. One was a mobile phone that did not exist, another
was a registration code for an online gaming service that was illegal, and the
third was a pirated DVD.

News source: Vnunet.com

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