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Microsoft Calls Today Global Anti-Piracy Day

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the pirates-live-for-live-cd-distros dept.

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arcticstoat points out an article at Custom PC, according to which: "Microsoft has announced that today is Global Anti-Piracy Day. Launching several global initiatives, the aim is to raise awareness of the damage to software innovation that Microsoft says is caused by piracy. ... As well as educating people about piracy, Microsoft has also initiated a huge list of legal proceedings that it's taking out against pirates. Microsoft isn't messing about when it says 'global' either. The list of 49 countries that Microsoft is targeting spans six continents, and ranges from the UK and the US all the way through to Chile, Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia and China." Interestingly enough, unauthorized copies of Vista might not be harming the company all that much: reader twitter was among several to contribute links to a related story at Computer World which highlights Microsoft attorney Bonnie MacNaughton's acknowledgement that pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista and Office 2003 over 2007.

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Minor correction... (4, Funny)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453411)

[almost everybody prefers] Windows XP over Vista and Office 2003 over 2007

Fixed that for you...

Re:Minor correction... (1, Interesting)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453557)

Yeah, I actually like Office 2007 much more than 2003. Once you get over the fact that a few things are in different places you realize that the ribbon actually does allow you to do a lot of tasks more easily.

Re:Minor correction... (5, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453909)

2007 isn't that bad. The effing "x" formats are a P.I.T.A but as per usual, the next Office version is a decent incremental upgrade, which will, in due course, be adopted by the business community at large.

If they followed the same sort of incremental, professional design philosophy with Windows, they wouldn't spend so much time having their user base frothing in hatred and rage.

Re:Minor correction... (5, Interesting)

g253 (855070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453965)

That's true. It feels strange to say this sort of things about Microsoft, especially on Slashdot, but Office 2007 is pretty decent software, and the ribbon is -dare I say it?- a clever and even innovative UI approach. (bye bye karma...)

Re:Minor correction... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453765)

People that haven't spent time using Office 2007 are the ones that prefer Office 2003. As soon as they sit down and can't find anything, they immediately hate it and complain. After you tell them they have no choice but to use it, since you can no longer get OEM licenses for anything but 2007, they'll grudgingly use it and admit a few months later they 'once you get used to it, it's not so bad after all.'

Re:Minor correction... (5, Insightful)

xoundmind (932373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453841)

The jokes/reality just write themselves when it comes to M$:
Their newest product line is so sucky that no one wants to pirate it.
Now that's an innovative strategy!

Even pirates don't want Vista (5, Insightful)

elfguy (22889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453851)

You know you have problems when even pirates don't want your software!

If it weren't for piracy (4, Funny)

BPPG (1181851) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453427)

If it weren't for piracy, there'd be a sizable amount of people that would never even try Vista.

Re:If it weren't for piracy (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453535)

yeah, but this is a whole new level! I think if someone's capable of pirating the entire globe they should really be awarded some kind of Nobel prize but I guess Microsoft still sees it as a bad thing because it includes their software too.

Re:If it weren't for piracy (5, Funny)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453567)

I find it funny that Microsoft feel they have to educate people about piracy. I'm already well aware of the many benefits thank you, Microsoft.

Re:If it weren't for piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453537)

I'm certain that the same is true of a lot of software.

Is it September 19th? (3, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453429)

Arrgg!

RRRRrraaaaa (4, Funny)

sxltrex (198448) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453435)

Does that make it "Talk Like an Anti-Pirate Day?"

Re:RRRRrraaaaa (3, Funny)

brouski (827510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453543)

!!!!rrrray

Re:RRRRrraaaaa (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453713)

ggrrA! sgod yvrucs ey tsavA! zeraw em gnirB!

Re:RRRRrraaaaa (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453605)

Actually it makes it 'Talk Like A Ninja Day' but /. can't participate since it still doesn't support unicode.

Re:RRRRrraaaaa (2, Funny)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453779)

You should make an account, I was going to mod you up for that until I saw you were AC, but then, without an account, you won't be able to obsess over any replies you might get on your user page so you'll never see this reply anyways.

Re:RRRRrraaaaa (5, Funny)

basscomm (122302) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453895)

If you knew who he was, he wouldn't be much of a ninja.

Re:RRRRrraaaaa (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453975)

If he were a ninja, he'd be killing my dog and giving me some god damn hamburgers instead of wasting time talking on Slashdot.

Bill Gate's Pirate Name (5, Funny)

capnkr (1153623) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453807)

Putting "Bill Gates" in the name field here [gangstaname.com] returns "Smugglin' Hubert Cutler" as the result, appropriately enough... :) Even better, though, "Steve Ballmer" becomes "Sea Monkey Baird"!
 
Sea Monkey! lol
 
Hey! Is that a flying chai.. OOF...
 
;)

For once I agree with MS (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453437)

Pirates seize Indian vessel with 13 crew members off Somalia [hindustantimes.com]

An Indian cargo ship with 13 sailors on board heading towards Africa was hijacked by armed pirates off the northern coast of Somalia, even as suspense persisted over the fate of Indian crew members of the Hong Kong vessel MV Stolt Valor.

Somali pirates boarded the ship which was heading to Somalia and hijacked it south of Socotra island over the weekend, an official of the International Maritime Bureau said in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The whereabouts of the ship and the fate of the crew members was not known as the maritime bureau received the distress report from a third party on Monday.

"We are still verifying the time and date of attack," the official said.

The hijack pushed the number of attacks by pirates this year in Somali coast to 74. A total of 30 ships have been hijacked and 10 remain in the hands of the pirates along with nearly 200 crew members.

A concerned Indian Government has dispatched a powerful stealth warship to the area as momentum has been growing for coordinated international response to the spate of hijacking being unleashed by Somali pirates using speed boats.

So I agree, piracy is a terrible problem. Our hearts go out to the families of the missing sailors.

However, I would think that Microsoft would be more concerned with copyright infringement that piracy. Are they planning an anti-copyright infringement day? September 19th [wikipedia.org] might be appropriate.

Re:For once I agree with MS (1)

j-beda (85386) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453523)

Hear! Hear!

Re:For once I agree with MS (3, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453647)

Damn you. You beat me to it [slashdot.org] !

To be serious for a moment, does anyone else feel that Microsoft's crusade on software piracy is simply insensitive in the recent wake of high seas piracy? A lot of good men and women are out there getting killed just so companies like Microsoft can deliver their product around the world. Rather than displaying their global conscience and supporting the cause of defeating real piracy, they're worried about a bunch of 12 year olds who harmlessly steal software for kicks! Meanwhile, the vast majority of consumers who use Windows have actually paid for Windows. Repeatedly.

But that's not good enough for Microsoft, is it? They want to squeeze blood from a stone. Get every last nickel out of those horrible people who miscounted their licenses by one, or the people who load Linux/BSD/Solaris/Plan9 on their machines. (Because, obviously, anyone using Linux is ACTUALLY pirating Windows!)

You know what? I can't bring myself to care, Microsoft. In fact, I hope your company BURNS for those practices.

Re:For once I agree with MS (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453675)

Piracy in Somalia has gotten really serious lately, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy_in_Somalia [wikipedia.org]

18 pretty major events in the last year alone.

Ironically (1)

slaker (53818) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453441)

Ironically, I'm downloading the latest release of TinyXP even as I type this.

Ironically... (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453445)

I have a stack of pirated SPORE discs that I'm handing out to my friends today.

Re:Ironically... (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453869)

Ironically I'm downloading Ubuntu to run in a virtual machine at work because I can't stand fucking win... wait, what? That's not ironic at all, that's just kind of boring. I really need to find something more interesting to say before I write a comment, click preview, wait, then click submit.

If only Slashdot made it a little easier stick my foot in my mouth with comments I can't later edit or delete.

Software Innovation (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453447)

What is this, some sort of Microsoft trademark? I don't see how it relates, unless "innovation" is the popular replace word for "profit", "monopoly", "greed", "lock-in", "control", etc.

Re:Software Innovation (0, Troll)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453957)

You, too, can speak Microsoft-ese!

Here is a Microsoft-ese to English primer:

Piracy --> copyright infringement
Innovation --> purchasing software technology and companies in order to illegally maintain a monopoly
Retail version --> beta test version
Beta version --> alpha test version
Technology preview --> smoke and mirrors demo
Vista --> abbreviation of 'Windows Hasta la Vista, Baby!', a horribly broken release of Microsoft Windows almost nobody likes
Global anti-piracy day --> Fsck you Linux-using dirty, filthy hippie pirates!

Can they do that? (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453453)

Can they seriously just announce a "global" day?

Re:Can they do that? (5, Funny)

cosmocain (1060326) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453671)

Why not? You can do that, too. Just stroll around and tell everybody you meet that today's...

- "Think of the children"-day,
- "Bad car analogy"-day,
- "Robotic overlord"-day,
- "Natalie Portman"-day,
- "In Soviet russia"-day,
- "Insensitive clod"-day,
- "Goatse"-day,
etc...

The fact that nobody'll listen to you will just make you feel like MS today. But if they don't care - why should you?

Re:Can they do that? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453977)

Today is Global Linux on the Desktop Day!

and... (5, Funny)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453457)

I'm declaring today "Anti Microsoft Day." There. We're even.

Re:and... (5, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453849)

Anti-anti-piracy-day-day

That'll teach-em

Re:and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453929)

I think Microsoft is way off the mark here. They should have called it "Global Fascism Day", now there's a day that we can get some real drinking done on.

yarr! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453467)

fp!

Well, I'm glad to see Microsoft... (5, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453469)

...invest heavily in warships to help protect our shipping lanes. Nothing could be a better use of their money than helping stop the violence inherent in piracy on the high-seas. Already, many American warships are in stand-off confrontations with merchies taken over by pirates. I--

Sorry, what? This is about software? How Microsoft is concerned about companies who are missing one or two licenses out of 5,000 or 12 year old kids bragging that they got XP off of I13|<p1R4Cy.com? Pfff. In that case, screw 'em.

Re:Well, I'm glad to see Microsoft... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453603)

Sadly, all the ships run Vista and will subsequently BSOD at the worst of times, or the best of times if you love watching M$ phail.

Re:Well, I'm glad to see Microsoft... (1)

Tharos (1097065) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453637)

Usually Microsoft's anti-piracy initiatives are aimed at businesses without any licenses at all. I would be surprised if they changed their target to 12 year old kids or companies missing 2 licenses out of 5000. That is at least not what the article tells me. Microsoft is informing their customers they will stop selling windows XP through small resellers by february 2009. larger resellers will stop shipping xp in july. This kind of information is aimed at (usually) smaller companies who are using a third party to replace all hardware within their company once every three years. There is nothing to gain for microsoft when prosecuting the 12 year old kid that pirated his windows xp copy.

Re:Well, I'm glad to see Microsoft... (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453847)

They will lean on companies that have older licenses of things like Office and haven't upgraded. They kept calling us and trying to get us to participate in a 'software asset evaluation' or some such in ~2004. We hadn't upgraded from Office 2000 so they were trying to flog us licenses assuming that we had upgraded without purchasing any.

But for the small scale stuff like home users, they prefer to use technical measures like WGA and WPA. It's cheaper for them and scarier for a lot of the home users.

Re:Well, I'm glad to see Microsoft... (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453889)

Usually Microsoft's anti-piracy initiatives are aimed at businesses without any licenses at all.

Oh, that's right. I forgot that Microsoft's licensing practices consider an OEM license to not count as a business license for their software. So if you want to ghost the machine to meet your business's needs, you need to re-purchase Windows at a higher rate and thus pay for it twice. Sucker!

And if you don't pay twice? Well, Microsoft will sick the BSA dogs on you for not bleeding money like a good little company.

Re:Well, I'm glad to see Microsoft... (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453945)

You know, I think Microsoft could afford to by some hardware for the US military, say, a few destroyers, some stealth aircraft, bombs, small arms... I'm sure the 'TCO' of death and destruction is far less than a business running Vista.

Working so far (for me). (4, Funny)

Piranhaa (672441) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453471)

I pledge I will not pirate anything... today

Re:Working so far (for me). (1)

BPPG (1181851) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453569)

well played, sir. I will pledge the same.

Re:Working so far (for me). (5, Funny)

Lobster Quadrille (965591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453871)

I pledge to pirate 3 times as much, to make up for you slackers.

And I call today Troll tuesday (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453483)

Rob Malda here. Anyone interested in some light bi curious action? nothing too extreme, just some ass 2 mouth, fisting, etc.

sweet (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453487)

Know my favorite part of Anti-Piracy Days? The parades. I mean, the parties are nice, and seeing the kids put out the Anti-Piracy decorations, but the parades are what are really great.

Re:sweet (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453631)

I think they did it this week to stop you giving disks of warez to trick or treaters next week. Hmmm...

Re:sweet (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453775)

The best part is I get to slug everybody that IM'd and sent me email to remind me about "Talk like a Pirate day!"

Re:sweet (1)

darkstarx420 (1220470) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453795)

This year, I am dressing up as the pirate's natural enemy: A Fucking Ninja.

Re:sweet (2, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453859)

Yeah but today's parade are nothing compared to the old Anti-Piracy Day parades of the 1930s!

Re:sweet (4, Funny)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453901)

Hey, I hear the '30s are coming back into fashion. There's a buzz on Wall Street.

Anti-piracy works! (2, Funny)

schwinn8 (982110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453489)

See, since pirates prefer these older programs, it means that the anti-piracy measures really ARE working, because the pirates don't like dealing with it! We told you so!

Re:Anti-piracy works! (1)

initdeep (1073290) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453755)

i realize you posted this as funny, but in reality, is it true?

do pirates prefer XP because there are a ton of VLK available in the wild, or are they doing so because it's a little more difficult for the AVERAGE idiot to pirate XP than Vista?
same for 2007 vs 2003.

I myself wonder if it isnt contributing in some part to the preference.

my personal opinion is that people who will pirate, are likely to pirate the latest and greatest simnply because it is the latest and greateest (personal opinions and marketing aside).

for example, if the gamer is wanting to play the latest games, wouldn't he/she be more likely to pirate the OS to run them on as well as the game?

same thing goes for Office.
If the person/company is willing to pirate an entire office suite instead of choose a mostly feature complete FOSS alternative, wouldn't they be just as likely to get the latest and greatest that can easily open and edit the new formats as well as the old?

Re:Anti-piracy works! (1)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453955)

The catch with Office 2007 and Vista is that the latest is not in fact the greatest. With Microsoft making XP hard to get and Office 2003 impossible to get, Piracy® is yet again The Better Choice(tm).

Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453503)

It's Global Talk Anti-Piracy Day

Because if you don't let them steal Windows they're not going to buy Office.

Re:Actually (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453907)

Even if you copy Windows and Office, you end up helping Microsoft simply by using their file formats and possibly pushing others into buying/pirating Office as well.

I lol'd (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453505)

I lol'd

When did they get Total Control ? (1)

gx5000 (863863) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453507)

So M$ says and it's so huh...yeah right..
They can call today Thursday for all I care, doesn't make it so.

So sick of Corporations trying to squeeze every last dollar...

Eat the rich.

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not amused (1, Funny)

S3D (745318) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453509)

Expect global warming rate [wikimedia.org] to accelerate.

Fighting software piracy? Excellent idea! (5, Funny)

2muchcoffeeman (573484) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453519)

Prevent Windows piracy: Use Linux instead!

Re:Fighting software piracy? Excellent idea! (1)

BPPG (1181851) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453653)

Man, I wish I didn't already post, I'd spend mod points on this.

Re:Fighting software piracy? Excellent idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453703)

Or pay for Windows, clearly the superior platform for day-to-day home use. Whichever.

Re:Fighting software piracy? Excellent idea! (2)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453933)

I am using a pirated copy of Linux I downloaded free :D

Excellent initiative Microsoft! (3, Interesting)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453533)

And I'd like to remind everyone that the easiest way to combat piracy is by using open source software instead of Microsoft/Apple products whenever possible.

It's just like pirating; freedom minus the eye patch.

Open source games instead of Xbox? (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453741)

And I'd like to remind everyone that the easiest way to combat piracy is by using open source software instead of Microsoft/Apple products whenever possible.

That would appear to include replacing, say, Xbox 360 games with open source games. Which Free video games do you recommend for me to play while kicking back on the couch? Is there an open-source first-person shooter that's as polished as, say, Gears of War or the Halo series? Or could you suggest an open-source alternative to Smash Bros. or Animal Crossing?

Re:Open source games instead of Xbox? (3, Insightful)

uglyduckling (103926) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453845)

"...whenever possible."

Really Sad (3, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453545)

pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista and Office 2003 over 2007

Its really sad when even Pirates don't like your crap. That's like making a movie which even the pirates don't pirate.

Think about it, people who can get it for free, don't want it, even as it is free. This is not boding well for Microsoft.

Re:Really Sad (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453711)

Wasn't that the point of the Internet boom/bust last decade. People discovered that giving crap away for free didn't make money. Once again Microsoft is a decade behind. :)

(Actually, all of the anti-pirate stuff makes sense. Their main competitor is dodgy copies of their own stuff.)

Jumping on the Bandwagon (4, Funny)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453551)

After the success of last month's "Talk Like A Pirate Day", this is just Microsoft just trying to cash in on the whole pirate thing.

Parents can't be expected to shell out for every single pirate related holiday. Enough is enough.

Anyway, don't Microsoft already have April 1st.

my own press release (2, Insightful)

viridari (1138635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453555)

I hereby declare today as Global Anti-Proprietary Software Day.

Corporations and computer users all over the world lose untold trillions of dollars dealing with the pain of using software that they cannot have full access to, or effectively move from one computer to another.

When is anti WGA day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453563)

By the way I agree with the minor correction. Everybody prefers XP and 2003 over Vista and 2007.

Where is the benefit of wasting more ram?
Where is the benefit of having less programs work?
Where is the benefit of having oh never mind.

Firewall the shit off when they quit supporting XP!

Microsoft gets to make Holidays? (1)

Windows_NT (1353809) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453575)

hmmm ...
I declare today ... Piracy Day!
Today is the day we recognize all of those Windows 98 SE Discs still floating around!
Now in preparation, we need a lot of Blank CD's or P2P programs, and your favorite Microsoft Product!
Lets give back to the world what everyone else paid so much for !!
Hurray !! Free cake and Ice Cream at the Redmond HQ!
Hurray!!!

That's funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453577)

...I've just called today Fuck You Microsoft Day. I am a web developer that has spent countless hours hiding all their stupid bugs. They have stolen weeks of my life. I am forced to maintain a number of virtual machines with Windows installed just to cover up their incompetence. And they expect me to pay for the privilege of working for them for free? Hell no.

I pledge... (5, Funny)

neowolf (173735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453591)

...that I will not pirate Vista. Ever.

Re:I pledge... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453853)

...that I will not pirate any Microsoft software. Ever.

Make it coincide.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453607)

...with International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Duh. (1)

SiW (10570) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453623)

Of course pirates prefer the older versions, they're a lot easier to keep running while cracked.

I just don't think it's worth it anymore to pirate newer MS software, you're constantly playing catch-up with their latest Windows Genuine Advantage stuff.

Re:Duh. (1)

initdeep (1073290) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453801)

if this is true, then apparently their measures are working.......

No other option (1, Insightful)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453641)

"Because of the more robust antipiracy and security features in Vista, most sophisticated piracy rings still continue to focus on XP."

I guess M$ just hasn't figured out that because the sell only a bloated, slow, and crappy OS and no longer sell the good one, the only option is to pirate it. DUH

FTFAFY (4, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453669)

TFA

reader twitter was among several to contribute links to a related story

Should read:

several readers, all of whom were twitter, contributed links to a related story.

And i call today the Global Anti Monopoly day !! (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453677)

all make merry and rejoice !! for today is yer day !!

tomorrow im thinking of creating a 'No Underpants Day' out of my butt. it should be easy, considering that it'll be a day with no underpants.

Re:And i call today the Global Anti Monopoly day ! (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453773)

Can't we have international just-an-ordinary-nothing-special-day?

I hearby declare! (2, Funny)

Todd Fisher (680265) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453695)

I call today "Tuesday"

Arrrrrrrrr mateys! (2, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453709)

Shouldn't "global anti-piracy day" be called "global ninja domination day" instead?

Damage to software innovation caused by Microsoft. (5, Insightful)

TractorBarry (788340) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453731)

> raise awareness of the damage to software innovation that Microsoft says is caused by piracy.

Which fades into insignificance when compared to the damage to software innovation caused by Microsoft !

Its working (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453739)

Microsoft initiatives finally are getting somewhere making that more and more people follows to the letter the licence of the software they are now using ...at least for the open source programs licenses.

They should have called it "Talk-Like-A-Ninja Day" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453769)

They should have called it "Talk-Like-A-Ninja Day". That have made it a far more successful anti-piracy campaign.

Bad software (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453827)

Vista and Office 2k7 is so bad, pirates can't give it away for free.

Let me break it down for you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453837)

Don't copy that floppy [youtube.com] because they will track your ip address [youtube.com] . We all know that piracy is a crime [youtube.com] , right? You wouldn't steal a cheeseburger or a car, would you?

Only one day? (4, Funny)

Mr_Icon (124425) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453867)

In contrast, the rest of the world celebrates the remaining 364 piracy days.

An anti-pirate holiday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453891)

Also known as... Ninja Appreciation Day.

There are more serious harms to innovation (1)

Old97 (1341297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453897)

like monopoly abuse, green-mail and software patents. I'm opposed to copyright infringement, but I think Microsoft its larger competitors have done more damage to software innovation than the infringers have.

Piracy causes innovation (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453911)

First of all: Microsoft hasn't once delivered innovation.

Cause and effect: Piracy causes loss of income for proprietary software companies. Too much piracy causes bankruptcy. Bankruptcy causes Microsoft to go down. Microsoft going down means no more Windows. No more Windows causes massice Linux adoption. Massive Linux adoption brings (true) innovation to the masses.

In other words: Let's organise a world scale piracy day so we can have innovation :)

Tommorrow is: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25453953)

Please buy an Xbox day.. Come on, were are getting desperate now...

dear MS (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453961)

You can as well announce that today is yesterday. Whatever.

lol piracy (1)

kingsteve612 (1241114) | more than 5 years ago | (#25453963)

britney spears had her music downloaded from the internet. now she can only afford to buy the hugeprivatejet 3 instead of the hugeprivatejet 4. gates still worth like a trillion bajillion dollars. ill download me some software.
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