Microsoft goes after counterfeit software pirates

A Canadian has been swept up in an international crackdown on counterfeit software in which computing giant Microsoft targeted people allegedly selling knock-off copies of Windows, Office and other programs through online auction sites.The Alberta resident is among 52 people facing lawsuits as the U.S.-based software behemoth moves to defend its product and spread the anti-piracy message.

“(On Tuesday) we’re going to announce that we have filed 52 lawsuits around the world . . . against people (alleged to) have sold counterfeit software on online marketplaces, for instance, EBay,” Michael Hilliard, corporate counsel for Microsoft Canada, told The Canadian Press. (story)

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