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How piracy benefits Microsoft

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| Public memory has always been woefully short. With the advent and 
| popularisation of the internet, it has become even shorter; people can only 
| absorb information in dribs and drabs.  
| [...]
| Hence, when Microsoft talked about piracy recently, few, if any remembered, 
| that the company's own co-founder, Bill Gates, once admitted that he watched 
| pirated movies on YouTube.  
| Gates has also, in the past, confirmed how important piracy is to 
| Microsoft: "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, 
| but people don't pay for the software... 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."      


"China has long been seen as a fertile ground for Linux and other open
source software. In a country where more than 90% of software in use is
pirated, it seems like a natural fit."



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.


Chinese demand free software from Gates

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| "I think Wang might have acted for the benefit of China's software
| buyers," acting executive of Red Flag Software Co., Ltd, Zhao Xiaoliang
| said in a comment posted on a popular website.
| "Everybody knows Microsoft's Windows operating system has been
| monopolising the market. The price of the system is very high,
| pushing users who cannot afford it to buy pirated software. Maybe it
| is time that Microsoft start to think about the problems," Zhao said.
| [...]
| The Chinese government has been encouraging the use of open-source
| software to generate the growth of the domestic IT industry and to
| minimise dependence on expensive software, and companies which
| supply them, such as Microsoft.


Why Piracy Hurts Open Source

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| "...John looks at this from a different direction. He shows you why
| software piracy hurts Open Source software--the free stuff you are using."


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.


Microsoft Exec Admits That Company Benefits From Piracy

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| Jeff Raikes, head of the company's business group, said at a
| recent investor conference that while the company is against
| piracy, if you are going to pirate software, it hopes you pirate
| Microsoft software. He cited the above reasoning, noting that
| users of pirated Microsoft software are likely to purchase from
| the company later on.


"Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth"

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| It's perfectly reasonable to expect people to save up for two months to
| buy Vista, Steve. Really. You'd be willing to spend $150,000 of your
| money on Vista Basic, wouldn't you? I'm sure all you need to do is
| tighten those screws, and the giant Chinese turnip will start
| squirting sweet, sweet blood to sustain you.


Ballmer hints at tougher Vista antipiracy crackdown

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| According to the Business Software Alliance, an antipiracy watchdog
| group for the software industry, counterfeits accounted for 86
| percent of the software sold in China, 72 percent in India, 64
| percent in Brazil and 83 percent in Russia. The figures are 2005
| estimates, the last year for which data is available.
| [...]
| It appears that Ballmer doesn't agree, for he hinted that Vista's
| antipiracy features might be tightened even more. "We [will]
| really ferret through how far we can dial it up, and what that
| means for customer experience and customer satisfaction," he said.

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