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
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

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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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

The Russian government doesn't recognize the same rights that Western countries value.


You mean like mandatory filtering of internet access?

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TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

lol Or getting jailed without trial for years without the need to even explain why ? Or maybe kidnap or kill people in foreign countries ? Or bombing kids, ooops bombing collateral damages...

lol I'm a bit confused which western values he's talking about ;-)

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Russia doing what Russia does best. Damn, that country is fucked up (P.S.: I'm from Eastern Europe).

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ferryb Member since:
2010-09-13

I don't think that the essence of the NYTimes article is about using a software license agreement as a tool to misuse. I read a sentence like "lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police" as a claim that Microsoft is actively involved getting people convicted.

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trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

Well, certain groups of people are obsessed with Microsoft. I don't like their software, too, but have more urgent business to do instead of finding new ways to insult Microsoft.

Far as I am concerned, after the DOJ case in 1999, they are much more open. Is it because they are forced to or did they have change of heart, frankly I don't care. I think that making analogies between corporate entities and human individuals is pretty stupid. Thinking of some companies as "evil" and others as "good" won't get you anywhere. Well, except, it would increase on line traffic and number of forum posts, which will make advertisers happy.

If there was no Microsoft, Russian authorities would have found another way to make life harder to opposition. They are creative in that kind of business and have long tradition that goes back in the days of Tsar.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

If there was no Microsoft, Russian authorities would have found another way to make life harder to opposition


Right, because that makes it ok. If we don't then someone else would. Hey, I mean, what the hell. Who cares if someone sell weapons to both sides of a conflict right? Someone has to, you know. Who cares if you betray your country and sell military secrets to Al Queda or China or North Korea? They'd have found out sooner or later anyway.
Fatalism is awesome like that.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


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


If Adobe were aiding in the investigations, then yes I would be mad at Adobe.

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