Microsoft takes piraters to court

By Justin Mann on March 15, 2006, 11:30 AM
Very rarely is Microsoft heard of going after individuals who pirate. In fact, I've only ever heard of them pursuing companies. Not this time, though, and a group of individuals who were selling pirated software on eBay ended up getting caught, largely due to the people purchasing them getting tagged by Microsoft's Genuine Advantage software. Complaints against the culprits were sent to Microsoft's antipiracy hotline, and now Microsoft is taking the issue to court.

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mentaljedi said:
Hopefully this is a one-off and won't amount to what RIAA(sp?) is doing.
PanicX said:
It's a different situation than the media monsters. These users bought what they thought was legit software and got bunk. This is the type of action I'd expect to see as a protection to the consumer. The media monsters aren't protecting anyone, and are so blinded by greed that they don't realize that they're losing money on their endevours.
enasni said:
Now it doesn't say that just the consumers are being busted it states that the sellers were caught due to the fact that the consumer was busted buying it. Whether or not the consumer new it was pirated should mean nothing seeing as how it should beEbay's responsibility to monitor it. Ebay is now supposedly monitoring every transaction then why did Microsoft catch it without trying, but it slipped right past Ebay undetected? I feel the consumer should have his/her computer scanned for more pirated software/hardware before they even think about punishing them. The sellers, however, should be punished appropriately.
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