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Microsoft SA’s Mark Reynolds says the global crackdowns are designed to protect honest consumers and resellers.
“Illegal software doesn’t only cost the big vendors dearly. New estimates by technology researcher IDC suggest that worldwide, the industry is losing more than $10 billion a year from pirated desktop software. The proceeds of counterfeiting help fund organised crime, and impacts directly on job creation and economic development in this country,” says Reynolds.
Well, in many jurisdictions, Microsoft is considered to be the embodiment of organised crime...The proceeds of counterfeiting help fund organised crime, and impacts directly on job creation and economic development in this country
I think most people know, who really thinks you get windows for free?It is about time something was done about this. I dont know how many backyard vendors have taking people for a ride by slapping copied software on the PC's they sell. Then it comes support time and the poor consumer is left holding the bag on software they purchased illegally without knowing about it.
If you going to install pirated software at least let the recipient know about it. And dont sell it to them.
What I mean is if my legal product key stops working I'll make it Microsoft's problem very quickly. Although I also get irritated with all these keys, activation etc. which are always cracked anyway and just make life more difficult for those of us that do actually pay for the software.And whose problem is it should the product key on a legally purchased product not work anymore? Note - legal product, not a grey/pirated product.