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Apr032007

Microsoft Takes Action to Stop the Diversion of Software From Education Programs

Today Microsoft Corp. announced efforts to shut down alleged international software smuggling operations. As part of that effort, Microsoft has filed nine lawsuits and issued more than 50 cease and desist letters.

Companies in Jordan and elsewhere have made millions of dollars in illegal profits by trafficking in specially priced academic software diverted from education programs, according to allegations in the lawsuit complaints. This software was passed off to consumers in the United States who unknowingly lacked the license to use it. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Nevada and Montana.

“To those who say software piracy is a victimless crime, I would say this case tells a different story,

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