Thursday, October 28, 2010
Piracy Laws in Russia - how Microsoft is helping
I recently read an article describing the recent change in Microsoft's Anti-Piracy policies strictly for non-profit groups. In Russia, the authorities have apparently been using the excuse of pirated versions of Microsoft as an excuse to raid and shut down various activist-based groups throughout Russia. Once Microsoft realized they were responsible for these raids, they began to change their policy on piracy based on these non profit groups in Russia. They have agreed to grant clemency to these institutions and even provide them with free versions of Microsoft products. Also, they have extended their aid to other countries including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan along with China, Malaysia and Vietnam. Hopefully this program will cut down on the government's intrusion into these group's headquarters.