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[News] Microsoft 'Piracy' Crackdown = Short-term Gain, People Run Away to Linux

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft 'Piracy' Crackdown = Short-term Gain, People Run Away to Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 21:20:47 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Software Group Targets Small Business

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| Enraged, CEO Sterling Ball vowed never to use Microsoft software again, even 
| if "we have to buy 10,000 abacuses." He shifted to open-source software, 
| which lacks such legal entanglements because its underlying code is freely 
| distributed.   


Good job, Microsoft. Crack down on 'piracy' (copyright infringement) harder. It
helps your rivals.


Anti-copying programs may slow piracy

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| The technology has provoked some hostility, because it enables Microsoft to 
| remotely examine user computers. After analyzing such information as the 
| computer's manufacturer, hard drive serial number and Windows product 
| identification, Microsoft can block access to certain software functions if 
| it suspects the product was illegally copied.    
| Microsoft does not offer piracy statistics specific for its software. But the 
| company says it appears its plan is working. As evidence, the company notes 
| that in the last quarter, Windows sales were up 20 percent while worldwide PC 
| sales were up only 14 to 16 percent. Microsoft said the difference reflected 
| the fact that people with counterfeit copies of Windows were having to put 
| the real thing on their existing computers.     


How the BSA nets piracy suspects

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| The Business Software Alliance collects tens of millions of dollars in 
| settlements from companies it accuses of software piracy, but it doesn't have 
| to file lawsuits to do it. Instead the BSA usually gets companies to convict 
| themselves through a "self audit."   



Hypocrisy off the port bow!

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| Admiral Holleyman of the Bull Shit Association dares claim that our craft 
| makes his skainsmates lose (that's the opposite o' win, for all ye 
| spelling-retarded coppocias) $11 billion US dollars every year. Hoy-day! A 
| flight of fancy I've ne'er seen before such bardleture came before me! Such 
| presumptuous posy overflows my yellow bile. As if every man of the 
| brotherhood would actually buy the programs he pirates! Bah! Next, I wager 
| he'll be so bloody daft to presume that blokes should actually read a license 
| agreement, the likes o' which have never been, and may yet never be enforced 
| in full.        


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer 
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.


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