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 Apr 11, 2005 - 11:52 AM - by Michael
* MS launches counterfeiter lawsuits

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Microsoft's going after companies who sell fraudulent versions of Windows, launching eight lawsuits today.

Microsoft said the lawsuits, filed in California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Alabama, Maryland and Rhode Island, alleged distribution of counterfeit, illicit and unlicensed software and components.

The lawsuits stem from an ongoing test purchase program started by Microsoft in 1997 in which the company acquires software, components or computer systems from dealers and tests them for authenticity.

If they are not legitimate, the dealer is generally sent a cease-and-desist letter and told how it can obtain legal, genuine software before Microsoft takes further action.
It's a strange world, but as much as I can fault MS for overpricing their software, I can't really fault them for going after the counterfeiters.

Insert rant about how their high prices encourage the counterfeiters if you feel like it.
 

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