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[News] [Rival] Microsoft -- with Profits Down 32% -- Starts 'Blowing Kneecaps'

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Microsoft reaches settlements with traders caught selling illegal software

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| Settlements have successfully been reached with 12 resellers, who all 
| admitted to hard disk loading and selling software illegally. 
| The sellers were named as: Charisma Computers of Manchester; 1Hr Computers of 
| Denton; Boss Systems of Duns; Annecto Computers of Droylsden; Computer 
| Warehouse of Manchester; Hi-Tec of Cheadle; Intellect Computers of 
| Whitefield; Swift Computers of Wellington; Comp-u-Tel of Thatcham; ICN 
| Computers of Newbury; PWRTech of Nottingham; and Unique Computers (UK) of 
| Leicester.     


“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect
sometime in the next decade.”

                                --Bill Gates


Microsoft Gulf coordinates with Bahrain Ministry of Information on latest
software piracy offensives in Manama

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| Microsoft GulfMicrosoft GulfLoading..., a member of the Business Software
| Alliance (BSA), the leading global organisation that is the voice of the
| world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before
| governments and in the international marketplace, has announced successful
| anti-piracy raids by the Bahrain Ministry of InformationBahrain Ministry of
| InformationLoading... (MoI) on two resellers operating in Manama. The
| offensives highlighted Bahrain's comprehensive nationwide anti-piracy program
| and its thrust to make the capital city in particular a model of a
| piracy-free environment.


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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