Microsoft is reporting that a Mexican drug cartel is selling fake copies of Microsoft Office and is branding it with their own "FMM" logo. The cartel is reportedly selling fake copies of Office 2007 on the street and is shoving it in authorities faces.
The low risk, high profit crimes are helping to fuel the cartel's influence in Mexico. The counterfeit ring is vast in size and profitability.
In a blog post David Finn, associate general counsel for Microsoft's anti-piracy unit states:
According to an analysis by the Mexico Attorney General published in other articles, the group's illegal counterfeiting activities involved a sophisticated distribution network of 180,000 points of sale in stores, markets and kiosks, earning more than $2.2 million dollars in revenue every day. It's no wonder that enforcement agencies and governments are deeply concerned about this trend.
"This's the real side, the scary side of counterfeiting and it plagues the world," he said. The value of counterfeit and pirated goods within the Group of 20 countries may rise to $1.77 trillion by 2015 from an estimated $650 million in 2008, costing the economy $125 billion.
Counterfeiting is a serious crime as it pulls resources away from corporations who could use the funds to further R&D efforts. Not only that, but in Mexico, if you buy from the cartels, you could be funding the ongoing drug wars.
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