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Microsoft “More Tricks Than Treats in Pirated Software”

Microsoft Corp. is helping protect consumers and businesses from the dangers of “trick” software — counterfeit software disguised as genuine — and is working to take the economic advantage out of dealing in pirated software.

To help consumers avoid being tricked into using pirated software, Microsoft has set up a Web site (http://www.howtotell.com) to help them avoid deals that seem “too good to be true” and learn how to spot the differences between genuine and non-genuine software. These “How to Tell” tips are part of Microsoft’s Genuine Software Initiative, a three-pronged program that addresses software piracy by promoting education for consumers and partners, seeking engineering solutions to dissuade pirates, and taking enforcement actions to protect honest software vendors.

As part of this three-pronged initiative to help protect consumers and legitimate businesses, Microsoft today announced the filing of 20 lawsuits against alleged dealers of counterfeit or infringing software in 13 states (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Virginia).

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Microsoft, Piracy, Antipiracy, WGA, Genuine Software, Genuine Windows

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