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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This is prone to happen more and more...
by mrhasbean on Sun 12th Sep 2010 23:30 UTC
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Think about the possibilities. If Governments want to target particular individuals or social groups the internet gives them incredible power. Want to get the community really against people who download commercial movies from torrents? It's pretty easy really. Wrap some illegal pornographic material up into a file that's made to look like a new or popular movie title, upload it somewhere and wait. Track the downloads, raid the residences or offices and bingo, media utopia.

The same method could be used over and over to target individuals or groups - activists, gays, religious or political persuasions - and the general population would buy into it in a heartbeat because the majority of people these days are "educated" by the media.

But no, that just all conspiracy theory, our governments would never do something as unethical as that. Would they?

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