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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Not gonna happen
by reduz on Mon 13th Sep 2010 01:57 UTC
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

I live in a third world contry, over here NO ONE uses legal Windows (unless it came installed with maybe a laptop, but not even that because it's usually just starter edition). So yeah, in most of the world (as in, most of the non-so-rich world) Windows is pirated.

If Windows couldn't be cracked, everyone would use Ubuntu. Simple as that, and that would be far more threatening to them than lost sales due to piracy.

Also, note how they are only interested in going after large companies, not medium/small business or home users. This is for a good reason.

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RE: Not gonna happen
by adkilla on Mon 13th Sep 2010 04:00 in reply to "Not gonna happen"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

Which third world country are you in?

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RE[2]: Not gonna happen
by Kasi on Mon 13th Sep 2010 04:12 in reply to "RE: Not gonna happen"
Kasi Member since:
2008-07-12

Which third world country are you in?


Florida

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RE[2]: Not gonna happen
by reduz on Mon 13th Sep 2010 05:58 in reply to "RE: Not gonna happen"
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

South America

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RE: Not gonna happen
by vodoomoth on Mon 13th Sep 2010 11:10 in reply to "Not gonna happen"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

If Windows couldn't be cracked, everyone would use Ubuntu. Simple as that, and that would be far more threatening to them than lost sales due to piracy.

Why would it be "more threatening" to them? As far as they are concerned, the third world using pirated copies of their software is non existent as it's not providing them with any revenue or benefit of any kind. This "market" may as well go Ubuntu, I don't get why they would care... unless there's something I'm not thinking of.

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RE[2]: Not gonna happen
by Soulbender on Mon 13th Sep 2010 11:34 in reply to "RE: Not gonna happen"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I don't get why they would care... unless there's something I'm not thinking of.


Because all the piracy gives MS something very important: mindshare. Everyone uses WIndows, everyone expect to be using Windows, everyone learns on Windows, everyone develops in Windows.

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