Microsoft wants US companies to pay for pirates overseas

By Matthew · 15 replies
Mar 28, 2011
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  1. Microsoft is lobbying for new state laws that would allow the software giant to sue US companies for doing business with foreign entities using pirated software. Instead of pursuing overseas suppliers for running unauthorized programs, Redmond wants to punish domestic firms with penalties including a sales injunction on the item in question as well as financial damages. Highlighting the madness of Microsoft's proposal, Groklaw offers the following scenario:

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    This will never get anywhere. The fact that Louisiana passed the law should tell us this. Oh, Louisiana, you are like the South Carolina of the Deep South.
  3. This is a joke. M$ isn't the only company that is dealing with this. Besides, I'm willing to bet that Microsoft deals with companies that use pirated software as well. If this passes, there would be lawsuits flying all over the place (nothing new). Besides, how would you be able to track/prove this? M$, you've reached a new low.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Is that really fair to South Carolina? Louisiana is MUCH worse.
  5. The piracy is a reality in the IT industry in which all has participated more or less.
    The Microsoft is a very big and successive company which owns a very strategic piece of the market and that’s put them more close to politicians than businessmen.
    So Microsoft de facto has to care and for the worlds interests not only for the company.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I think its time that we start figuring out some ways to hold the Chinese accountable for their piracy. When you're dealing with a people whose ethos is vastly different from us, you can't play ball by our rules, you have to play ball by their rules.

    Chinese won't stop pirating software, punish the people doing business with them, forcing either the US firm to stop doing business with them, or to force their suppliers to buy legitimate software (or switch to some free alternative).

    What if the companies that stole the software also stole the machines they use to manufacture their products, and stole the raw materials used to make the products?

    I don't care what you do with your pirated software or movies if its for personal non-profit use, but as soon as you're making money with that software that you pirated, and still refuse to buy the legit version, then I support whatever lawsuits you will face because you're no longer doing this for fun, but you're making money and you're using their products that you've stolen to make money.

    How is stopping this evil?
  7. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,375   +167

    gwailo247, IMO there's nothing wrong in making companies pay for dealing with companies that have illegal practices, it's just wrong to make it a civil issue. The US is litigation happy, where everyone, in particular big corporations, is suing everyone else for ridiculous sums. The law Microsoft suggests is just a license to do more of the same. There's nothing wrong with stopping pirates, but when the RIAA or MPAA sue people for millions or one company might sue another for billions in what are obviously extremely inflated sums, all that does is tie courts and feed lawyers.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    This has nothing to do with non-profit piracy. I fully oppose the RIAA or MPAA suing anyone who downloaded the movie, but I support their suit against a guy who is selling the same burned disks on the corner.

    If someone is learning to use Maya, and they pirate a version to do so, that's fine by me. But if they get hired and are making money, then they need to buy their version of Maya, because at this point they are stealing. As this is something that they are using professionally, and so would have had to buy it to continue working, they are stealing from the company that makes the software, as this is a sale that is not imaginary, but real, and that sale was stolen from them by this guy's piracy.

    Take that further, GM would obviously have a problem if their supplier was using stolen machinery to manufacture their mufflers, so why should they not equally crack down on their supplier using stolen software in order to run their business?

    Piracy is ok as long as it is not for profit, that's something I have long stood by, and will stand by, but for profit piracy is theft, pure and simple, and should be punished.
  9. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Its like the hot potato game "there you got the hot potato! - screw you im not catching it its your problem, and btw we are over".

    Of course it way to extreme but arent these extreme times?, we had seen how companies are fighting dirty because they are desperate, whats next? raid all places to look for pirate software?
  10. Continuing the above General Motors example.

    IF General Motors do business overseas with some company using pirated software, is there some kind of warning letter ? Like

    "The company XYZ are using a pirated copy of Microsoft Fenêtres Neuf. Stop doing business with these peoples or else... the wraith... commeth,"

    How are General Motors meant to know otherwise the practices of others? Does this mean the American Govt can be sued for doing business selling weapons etc to the countries abroad who it then has a beef with 3 months later? Or they exempt ? Can we see a M$ Tax exempt list ?
  11. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    By this rate, Microsoft Fenêtres Neuf will probably have built-in surveillance software much alike Google's that'll make tracking practices of others a piece of cake...
  12. Here is a crazy idea. Price your software in these piracy hotbeds the same price as pirated software. In a few years when you drive out the piracy competition you can raise the prices slowly. Something is better than nothing right? These companies are just to greedy. If you price something cheap enough you drive out piracy. If your making profit over 1Million...I have no sympathy for you. When is excessive amounts of profit enough?
  13. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    fair enough wendigo. :)
  14. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 195   +9

    It's M$, they just have to say you are using pirated software and *POOF* it is pirated. lolz
  15. Microsoft should go screw itself! If an OVERSEAS company, even if they are
    owned in the USA, uses pirate software, MS should sue in THEIR court, not here
    in the USA.
    It would be no different than someone coming over here and suing someone in
    our courts, for something that happened overseas.
    You have to prove it in the court where the violation happens.
  16. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Addict Posts: 271   +67

    I totally agree with your stance on piracy, but have to disagree with the part about GM caring about parts made on stolen machinery - I think that GM would laugh all the way to the bank, as long as it wasn't stolen from them. GM, like most large corporations, was built on thievery and other shady practices. Hell, they might broker the deal! If you think otherwise, I guess their PR hacks are doing a great job (and they should be - GM pays millions a year to whitewash their public image).

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