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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Claimed Financial Gains Attributed to Piracy Crackdowns

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's Claimed Financial Gains Attributed to Piracy Crackdowns
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 23:32:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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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.     


This means that they are indeed giving more reasons to abandon Linux (squeezing
the goose)

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.        


U.S.-China joint probe nets fake software

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| The figure represents 10 percent of software piracy losses in China in 2006, 
| according to the Business Software Alliance. 


Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

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| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
| almost any participation by the small business community.
| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
| large corporations and the patent industry.
| [...]
| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
| report in any way
| [...]
| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.
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Legality of Fedora in production environment

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| Recently the appropriate laws in my country (Russia) have beens
| ignificantly toughened. Now the police can check for illegal software
| usage by their own initiative (without request from the owner). The
| tax inspection demands that software should be registered at
| accounts departments.
| During such a checking, the user is obliged now to show all hardcopy
| license documents (with original signatures and stamps).


Updates of Sorts and Things to Watch Out For.

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| While there may have been the Enrons, Haliburtons, and other companies that 
| members of We Are Change have to deal with, there are two main 
| companies/groups that we have to deal with:  
|     * Microsoft
|     * The Business Software Alliance
| It’s a symbiotic relationship of sorts between the two.  One is supposed to 
| make sure that users have shelled out an arm and a leg for their copies of 
| software, yet it is used by the other to blackmail these same users.  For now 
| though, let us focus on the Redmond, Washington software company.  In Michael 
| Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, there was a brief clip that allegedly showed a 
| meeting of many companies who were talking about Iraq (second invasion of… at 
| least it was implied to me anyway), and one of the names dropped: Microsoft.      


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.


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource. 
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


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.


What about selling free software

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| Gervase Markham, the Mozilla Foundation's licensing officer, in an
| article in the Times Online, talks about being questioned by a
| northern UK Trading License Officer about giving away software.
| The trading officer was concerned by a group that was burning the
| free Mozilla Browser on CDs and selling it.


FOSS Bill Listed For First Public Hearing

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| Listed for November 15th, the hearing by The Committee on Information and
| Communications Technology has invited comment from various stakeholders 
| potentially affected by the bill, including community representatives as 
| well as industry giants Microsoft and Oracle.
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Report: The Business of Free Software

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| In his Nov. 21 column, Conrado Banal said I did not really author the
| bill "Free/Open Source Act of 2006" now pending in Congress. And
| quoting the Business Software Alliance (BSA), he also derided the
|             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| bill as a "prime model of confusion."
| Let me assure him that I authored the bill. My office worked on it for
| four months. It started with a suggestion from FOSS (free/open
| source software) advocates in the Computer Professionals Union
| (CPU). Modeled after the Brazil and Peru FOSS policies, it is the
| result of inputs from various geeks, techies and FOSS
| practitioners--from my two staff who happen to be competent IT
| professionals, IT lawyers in the UP College of Law, members of
| the Philippine Linux Users Group (PLUG), GNU/Linux guru and
| prime advocate Richard Stallman of the MIT-based Free Software
| Foundation, who personally e-mailed his very valuable comments.
| It also contains inputs from the government?s Commission on
| Information and Communications Technology and the International
| Open Source Network of the UNDP.


Get free software and save a fortune

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| Though the most popular open- source package is ubuntu, funded by local 
| entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, South African business is generally paying 
| dearly for its ignorance of free software, says a study by international 
| market research firm Frost and Sullivan.   
| The report, South African Open Source Market, said allegations by large 
| developers, led by Microsoft, and the Business Software Alliance, of piracy 
| and copyright violations have cast a shadow over the legitimacy of free 
| software.   


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