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Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Microsoft slings multiple sue balls at resellers

Microsoft has filed piracy lawsuits in a US federal court against eight firms it accuses of selling illegal versions of its software. The tech multinational alleges that the resellers gained from illegal sales involving the unlawful importation of unlicensed software into North America from multiple dealers overseas. Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 May 2008
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Microsoft reveals piracy battle plan for the UK

Microsoft has launched a campaign targeting software piracy in the UK. Called 'Keep IT Real', the campaign aims to reduce the UK piracy level for Windows by five per cent to 11.7 per cent within three years. The company says its goal would help the UK economy. "Keep IT Real will help us to address the problem in a number of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Feb 2006
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AOL dodges child porn lawsuit

AOL has escaped a lawsuit in the US after one of its subscribers used the ISP's service to sell child porn. The Florida Supreme Court ruled yesterday, by a vote of four to three, that AOL could not be prosecuted for illegal sales taking place through its service. The suit was brought by a mother in Florida after a "lewd …
Linda Harrison, 09 Mar 2001
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German MS counterfeiters sent to jail

A German software pirate has been handed a three-year jail sentence for copyright infringement and selling counterfeit MS software after a trial lasting 18 weeks. The new jail time, handed down by the Stuttgart criminal court, is in addition to 10 months the defendant Dieter Rimmele has spent inside since his arrest. His …
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Sep 2004