Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Sep 2010 21:16 UTC
Microsoft Piracy is a big problem for large software vendors licensors like Microsoft. As such, the Redmond giant is undertaking several anti-piracy efforts all over the world, and, of course, it attempts to make its software harder to crack through activation and validation. As The New York Times has discovered, however, the prevalence of pirated Microsoft software in Russia is giving the Russian authorities a pretence to raid the offices of outspoken advocacy groups or opposition media - supported by Microsoft lawyers. Update: Microsoft responds with a blog post that says all the right things, including "Microsoft will create a new unilateral software license for NGOs that will ensure they have free, legal copies of our products."
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A poor execuse for an MS bash fest
by nt_jerkface on Sun 12th Sep 2010 23:24 UTC
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Blaming MS is pretty silly when the Russian government will find all kinds of methods to target opponents.

They've already gone after quite a few organizations with accusations of not following tax code properly.

If North Korea were to hang someone over pirating Photoshop should we be angry with Adobe?

The Russian government doesn't recognize the same rights that Western countries value. More shocking news at 11.

Edited 2010-09-12 23:25 UTC

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