A friend sent me a link to this very interesting article about how MS investigates and tracks down software pirates.

It’s a long read, but very interesting. Check it out at the New York Times – Business/Technology page –> Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room by Ashlee Vance.

The police reached the house undetected, barreled in and found rooms crammed with about 50 machines used to copy CDs and make counterfeit versions of software like Microsoft Office…

It’s amazing the money and effort that thieves put into their trade. It seems to me that if they used their resources for legitimate pursuits, they’d be rolling in $$$. What’s the motivation to steal intellectual property and bootleg it? When you’re doing it on the level these guys are, there must be some huge overhead involved… machines, distribution networks, employees, etc.

The piracy problems tend to run highest in regions where there is less money to pay for Microsoft’s products. Backers of free software like the Linux operating system take aim at these areas…

Hmm… I’m not so sure I agree with that statement. The “backers” of Linux aren’t in it for profit. I’m a backer of Linux. I’ve never made a dime converting my friends to Linux. 😉

Anyway… this is an interesting read. Give it a go…



About V. T. Eric Layton

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4 responses »

  1. comhack says:

    Interesting link, thanks!!!

    Also I like the new dark theme a lot.

  2. chrisretusn says:

    It was a long article. Interesting too.

    I watched Illicit: The Dark Trade – National Geographic last night.

    Join undercover agents and slip into the shadowy web of illicit trade, where dangerous multi-billion dollar criminal networks threaten whole sectors of the world economy. Illicit: The Dark Trade travels the globe to expose the dire consequences of this dirty industry: money laundering, political corruption, and the subversion of entire governments. From knock-off handbags to bootlegged compact discs to fake pharmaceuticals, this hard-hitting special reveals how consumers’ insatiable demand for counterfeit merchandise has given birth to a vast criminal system.

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