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Microsoft anti-piracy lawsuits

by Nikola Strahija on September 20th, 2005 Microsoft filed eight anti-piracy lawsuits in various US states against companies for allegedly distributing counterfeit versions of MS software. Those named in the lawsuits are: BWT (doing business as Computer Max), Data Day USA,, Winvtech Solutions, Global Computing, Ion Technologies, Compustar and Chips & Techs.

Microsoft identified those companies' through the new Windows Genuine Advantage program as well as customers reporting suspected pirated Microsoft software, said its lead lawyer Mary Jo Schrade.

The Windows Genuine Advantage program, launched in July, requires customers to validate legitimate copies of Windows before they can use Microsoft's various software download services. The program immediately came under fire from customers for bugs that, among other things, enabled users to easily bypass the validation process or identify legitimate copies of software as pirated.

David Lazar, director for Genuine Windows at Microsoft, said Microsoft has addressed initial problems with the program's validation software and is continuing to address issues as they crop up.

Microsoft also has a "secret shopper" program in which it sends people out to purchase the company's software from various distributors around the country to ensure they are selling legitimate copies.

All of the companies named in lawsuits filed on Monday had been notified that they were distributing copies of software that are counterfeit or infringe on copyrights or trademarks Microsoft owns, Schrade said. -We take the first approach of education and then enforcement is basically the last resort, she said. -If we can prove that [notifying the companies] hasn't worked, we will sue them.’

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