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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Apathetic to Illegal Copies of Its Unwanted Blobs

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[...But it loves punishing those scapegoat that make its software ubiquitous.]

Nigeria: Microsoft’s fight to stop piracy - failed

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| According to THISDAY the effects of the anti-piracy battle launched by 
| Microsoft and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has made 
| more room for people in the illegal trade.  
| The raid which led to the arrest of vendors, that was caught making use the 
| Microsoft operating system illegally. Microsoft promised and the beginning of 
| this battle, to organize a development programe as an attempt to keep 
| merchants especially youth away from piracy activities.   


Software Piracy Thrives amid Microsoft’s Capacity Devt Initiative

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| Microsoft’s attempt at discouraging Intellectual Property (IP) theft 
| especially at the popular Computer Village in Ikeja may not have yielded any 
| positive results, going by recent development in the area.  
| According to THISDAY investigation, the aftermath of the anti-piracy crusade 
| launched by the software giant in collaboration with the Economic and 
| Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier in February has only accommodated 
| more people in the illegal trade.   
| The clampdown, which had led to the arrest of some vendors, caught using the 
| Microsoft operating system illegally was expected to serve as a deterrent to 
| others.  


The truth is:

"It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's piracy than
when there's not."               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

                                --Bill Gates, last year

Intel & Microsoft Killed the $100 Laptop

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| The article points that the stand taken by Intel and Microsoft is similar to
| the stand by large drug companies who, instead of working for the illnesses
| that plague the poor, (such as malaria) choose to focus on low-volume,
| high-margin drugs for cancer, heart ailments and diabetes.


Crimes Microsoft Gets Away With - So Far

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| News publications are cautious about making accusations, and because of that,
| some nasty acts of Microsoft are essentially being erased from the record.
| [...]
| Microsoft convinced Baystar Capital to put $50 Million dollars into SCO's
| lawsuit against IBM and other Open Source users, and promised to "backstop"
| Baystar's investment if SCO lost money, according to this sworn testimony.
| But I'm told that one person's testimony, even sworn testimony, isn't proof.



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]

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