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Three Sentenced for Selling Pirated Software

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| Court documents accused the three men of operating Web sites offering pirated 
| software for download from early 2006 to September 2007, the DOJ said. The 
| three men promoted their business by purchasing advertising from major 
| Internet search engines. They processed more than $1.2 million in orders 
| during their time in business, the DOJ said.    



How Anti-Piracy Efforts Benefit Free Software

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| Imagine you, as a happy user of standard, proprietary software, were told
| that you should use “free” software, so that you would have the freedom to
| use and share your software however you wanted. This argument would not
| convince many people on its own. It would sounds like some niche interest in
| seeing the source code or something. Today, though, this argument holds a lot
| more water with people. What do we have to thank for this? Aggressive
| anti-piracy measures.


Microsoft's global anti-user day

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| Yesterday, Microsoft announced something they called "Global Anti-Piracy
| Day".
| Software companies like Microsoft often refer to copying they don't approve
| of as "piracy." They suggest that such copying is ethically equivalent to
| murder and robbery. Even these far-fetched analogies are not enough for
| Microsoft, who in their press release yesterday updated the comparison to
| draw a connection between such copying and organized crime: "There is growing
| evidence that highly organized, transnational criminal organizations and
| networks are involved in the counterfeiting of software..."
| Even the US Senate, while recently considering legislation addressing
| unauthorized copying, had the sense to strike the term "piracy" from its
| text. You know the term is over-the-top when people receiving hundreds of
| thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the entertainment
| industry still feel shy about using it.


Microsoft accused of hacking in piracy clampdown

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| Across China thousands of computer screens are turning dark. The reason is a
| piece of software from a US firm.
| Software giant Microsoft is deactivating unauthorised copies of its Windows
| operating system, in a nation where 82% of all software is pirated – even if
| many end users do not know it.


Chinese fume at Microsoft anti-piracy

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| China's vocal bloggers seemed stunned that their computers seemed to have
| phoned Microsoft for the anti-piracy tool without asking.
| "The computer is mine", one angry blogger penned, "Microsoft has no right to
| control my hardware without my agreement", the poor fool thought.


Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

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| A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing
| Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of
| Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft.

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