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Microsoft Cracks Down On Piracy

Microsoft Corp. has lodged over 50 legal proceedings globally against individuals who traded plagiarized prints of its package through Internet auction websites like eBay.

The legal proceedings are the most recent in the comprehensive campaign Microsoft has initiated to control rampant piracy of applications together with the operating system and Office suite of Windows. Microsoft has been forced to take this step as with the overcrowding of the software package business, the company is anxious to increase income by restraining unlawful circulation.

It's the first instance of the global software giant initiating legal proceedings to destroy the auction of pirated package on websites like Ebay. The step is basically targeted to enhance the security of Microsoft packages by upgrading technology and by clamping down on banned software, which frequently hold viruses, spyware, or other unsolicited applications.

Microsoft's attorney Matt Lundy stated that it was "devoted towards initiating the required proceeding to safeguard customers from the menace of fake programs". The threats include vulnerability to malevolent program and spyware, the latest report by the market research group IDC maintains. The report, supported by Microsoft, discovered that 25% websites marketing pirated package or fake access codes attempted to install malevolent or unsolicited application on the end users' machines.

Microsoft restricts the auction of around 50,000 pirated software packages in Ebay, annually. It had initiated 55 legal proceedings in 11 nations, mainly in the UK, US, Germany and Holland. It even directed legal proceedings against cyber sellers in Belgium, France, Poland, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, and Korea.

Hani Durzy, eBay Inc's. representative declared that he couldn't remark on these matters since he wasn't aware of the details. He confirmed that normally eBay worked harmoniously with Microsoft and other companies to confiscate lists of pirated wares.

Nevertheless, legal proceedings aren't unusual for the global software giant. The period between July 1 and Sept. 30 saw Microsoft initiate legal proceedings almost 275 times versus several groups selling fake packages.

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