Microsoft hits U.S. firms with piracy lawsuits
After rolling out its Windows Genuine Advantage Notification app and
being sued twice
in the process,
Microsoft has decided to strike back at software piracy with some
lawsuits of its own
—26, to be exact. Filed in seven U.S.
states, the lawsuits accuse a number of companies of selling pirated
copies of Windows and Office to consumers and businesses. A Microsoft
senior attorney said the companies in question were first sent warning
letters, but that their decisions to continue selling pirated software
prompted the lawsuits. That said, one of the companies based in Denver,
Colorado claims it never received a letter and that the pirated software
it is accused of selling likely comes from a batch of 10-15 eBay-bought
Office licenses it believed to be legal.
Microsoft may be going after small fish, then, but Yahoo News says
market saturation is driving the software giant to focus on anti-piracy
efforts more and more aggressively in order to boost sales. A Forrester
Research analyst also believes Microsoft is taking a harder stance on
software piracy in the U.S. in order to entice countries like China,
Russia, and India to do the same.