Microsoft cranks up pressure on rogue resellers

Vendor continues to carry out raids on dealers suspected of selling fake copies of its software

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Microsoft cranks up pressure on rogue resellers Microsoft intends to intensify its battle against resellers trading in illegal copies of its software. (ITP Images)
By  Andrew Seymour Published  October 8, 2009

Microsoft is not letting up in its quest to clamp down on channel players that are profiting from selling illegal versions of its software.

The vendor, which has waged a high-profile war against illicit behaviour by UAE resellers during the past two years, has just revealed that it recently filed criminal complaints that led to raids in Dubai and Sharjah.

Several pirated software CDs and PCs loaded with fake copies of Microsoft Windows and Office were recently confiscated following four anti-piracy raids in the last two months, according to the company.

Microsoft did not disclose the names of the resellers involved in the raids.

Dale Waterman, Microsoft's corporate attorney for anti-piracy for the Middle East and Africa, insists the vendor is stepping up the fight against counterfeiters in the region as it seeks to protect both end-users and official resellers.

"Consumers, businesses and resellers continually ask for help in mitigating the threats posed by pirates," claimed Waterman. "We are heavily investing our resources and time into winning the battle against piracy by intensifying our collaboration with government and law enforcement agencies in the Gulf region to ensure that pirates are brought to justice. Our enforcement efforts are a key component in our battle against piracy."

Microsoft continues to put a firm emphasis on its Genuine Software Initiative to thwart the spread of illegal software. The scheme is designed to increase education among its customers, while maintaining investment in engineering anti-counterfeiting technologies.

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