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[News] [Rival] Desperate Microsoft Starts Milking Its Distributors

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Education push from Microsoft drives rogue traders to turn over a new leaf

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| Microsoft today announced settlements with 15 traders caught selling illegal 
| software in regions throughout the UK. One reseller agreed a £75,000 
| settlement after customer complaints revealed he was illegally reselling 
| Microsoft Windows recovery discs, many of which didn’t work. A further 14 
| traders faced court action in respect of  hard disk loading1 and selling 
| improperly licensed software to unsuspecting customers over the last six 
| months.      


"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.


Washington goes to WTO over China counterfeiters

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| Xinhua wheeled out a Chinese academic, He Jiasheng of Wuhan University,
| to accuse the US of playing piracy pots and kettles. "The United
| States itself is not immune to piracy," the professor said. "A special
| US survey on piracy indicates its software industry alone loses
| US$3.2bn of profits a year to IPR violators."


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.


Dell releases low-cost Linux desktops...in China

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| Dell, for example, has sold tens of thousands of Linux-based PCs
| to elementary schools in China, running Sun Wah Linux -- a
| Chinese distribution of Linux based on Debian.


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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