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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Resorts to "Piracy" Propaganda, Milking of the Poor

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Microsoft wins lawsuit

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| The lawsuit accused AllPro of distributing computer systems that were loaded 
| with unauthorized copies of Windows XP Pro and Office 2003 software. 


Microsoft expands get genuine solution to include windows vista

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| Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd on Monday announced the availability of 
| the Get Genuine Solution (GGS) for Windows Vista whereby Small and Medium 
| Businesses (SMBs) can easily legalize their counterfeit or unlicensed Windows 
| Vista PCs.    


propaganda language:

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| With piracy levels in the Indian market as high as 69 per cent, there is a 
| large number of businesses with existing PCs in need of legalization due to 
| counterfeit, under-licensing, mis-licensing and version piracy scenarios. 
| According to a study on The Economic Benefits of Lowering PC Software Piracy 
| 2008 a ten point reduction in PC software piracy would deliver an additional 
| 44,000 new jobs, 200 million dollars in tax revenues, and 3.1 billion dollars 
| in economic growth in India.      

No mention of free software and just more lies (typically via the cronies at
BSA and/or IDC) about 'loss' to the economy.

This is what people read in the paper. The writers make no attempt to show that
Free (gratis and libre) solutions do exist. Here is a new exception in another
new propagaricle:

"Pirates of the IT World"

Pirates of the IT World

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| The term ‘software piracy’ was first brought to life by software companies to 
| connote crime. A more neutral term is ‘copyright infringement of software.’ 
| There is widespread criticism of software companies for using the 
| word ‘pirate’ to describe a user who makes an illegal copy of software, since 
| it implies that the copyright violator is a serious criminal. Much of this 
| criticism comes from advocates for ‘open source’ software, i.e. software that 
| is free to own, distribute and edit.      
| [...]
| Open source is a software development method where every program must have 
| its source code available to developers to modify the program. This contrasts 
| with the ‘closed source’ method of software development. Advocates of 
| proprietary software accuse open source software of being less innovative 
| because developers do not receive monetary rewards for their products and are 
| therefore less motivated to improve their products.     
| Some advocates of open source software, especially activists and 
| professionals in the software industry, think that software should not be 
| treated like ‘property’ and human knowledge should be shared with the general 
| public so it is available for everyone’s benefit. They also believe that the 
| source code (the instructions, in human-readable code, that allow a program 
| to run) should be ‘open’ for anyone to use, change or improve the software 
| for personal use or redistribution. There is also a general belief that open 
| source software is more secure because anyone can fix security defects that 
| might later be discovered in the code.         


The remainder is just BSA accusations, extensive use of the word "piracy", etc.

Microsoft's sales are declining. Not it's just raping the market... like a


Anti-piracy day? No thanks

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| Today is Microsoft’s self-declared Global Anti-Piracy Day. No surprise then
| that the local arm of the Business Software Alliance has been ringing up
| journalists over the past couple of days with the ominous news that South
| Africa is losing between R2.8 billion to software pirates every year.
| As usual, the BSA statements are sweeping and presumptive.
| For a start, South Africa doesn’t really lose all this money. Most of the
| licensing money heads straight overseas to companies like Microsoft and Adobe
| with this country holding on to very little of it.

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