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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Microsoft Sued Infringers For Activating Illegal Software

Microsoft Sued Infringers For Activating Illegal Software

Microsoft Sued Infringers For Activating Illegal Software

Added: Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc

The company has filed a lawsuit at a federal court accusing unknown AT&T subscriber(s) of activating pirated copies of its operating system and other software products. The AT&T account was tracked by the tech giant’s own cyberforensics team due to “suspicious activation patterns”.

Although Microsoft is known worldwide as one of the most pirated software vendors, the company doesn’t have a long track record of dealing with individual infringers. Actually, a couple months ago, the company even noted that piracy could sometimes even act as a conversion tool. Apparently, this didn’t mean that all pirates could have their way. The tech giant’s cybercrime center seems to be keeping a close eye on the unauthorized use of Microsoft’s software products.

A few days ago, the company has filed a copyright infringement complaint against an individual (or a group) who activated pirated copies of Windows 7 and Office 10 from an IP address assigned to the AT&T subscription account. You may think that pirated copies are hard for the company to detect, but Microsoft explained that it uses modern technology to track software piracy. The software developer described its investigative approach as cyberforensics: its team looks for activation patterns and characteristics that make it likely that certain IP-addresses are engaged in illegal copying.

For example, the company analyzes product key activation data received from users when they activate the software. This data includes the IP address from which the key has been activated. By the way, such reports are sent by users voluntarily. The lawsuit claims that the defendants have activated numerous copies of Microsoft software products, including Windows 7 and Office 2010, with suspicious registration keys. The company believes that those were stolen from its supply chain, then used without permission from the refurbisher channel, and more often than the Microsoft license permitted.

Now the company wants the court to allow it to identify the individual or a group of them responsible for the copyright violations in order to compensate the damage it has suffered. According to Microsoft’s complaint, it looks like the defendant is not an average user, but perhaps a person selling PCs with pirated software. Well, let’s see what the court has to tell the company.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-12-21 07:12:40)
bubfred72 avatarThanks for the article OZI. Well when you put piracy in the money making category. That's where I have to disagree with it! I would never condone that for (profit) piracy only for (personal) use.

posted by (2014-12-21 19:20:05)
KingTubby avatarQuote: "Microsoft explained that it uses modern technology to track software piracy."

Which they STOLE and were SUED for in the first place. I will never use microsoft shit. They have never invented from scratch a single thing that they have. It's all "borrowed" from somewhere else.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanTurtle (2014-12-21 20:58:46)
Beolab1700 avatarI use Linux, you know, because its the best OS out there... but I'm 'forced' to use windows because of the monopoly Microsoft has over gamers and the software houses that publish them. Now I have a question Mr Gates. How come you can spend all that time chasing and detecting 'stolen' software BUT WONT honour my genuine copy that I paid good money for any more because "You've re-installed it too many times"? Now I wouldn't HAVE to reinstall it if A: you could publish an OS which remained stable longer than 3 months and B: It wasn't so exploitable for hackers, virus makers, being tricked into installing software you don't want..etc etc. So you CAN find pirated software but you can't simply see that one activation code is being used on ONLY one installation? So yes, I have activated my genuine copy of Windows with an "Hacktivator". Try suing me for that... It was a this point that you lost me to Linux for life and I'll continue to run my games on Windows 7 right up until the day that Steam kills your nasty corporation dead. Linux for world domination.

posted by (2014-12-22 00:29:51)
moneywithjoey avatarBeolab1700, I could not agree more.... Linux for Life......

posted by men (2014-12-22 00:33:22)
ToeringsNthongz avatarlol,,screwed bill gates,never paid for windows since 3.11

posted by Admin (2014-12-22 19:05:32)
YoGi avatarHave had microsoft activate their pirated products for years now (: Best customer care service ever ! LoL

posted by (2014-12-22 20:53:13)
cggc avatarMicrosoft active serials it on any updates and list of who it's pirate software with years get it and that's what it seems.

posted by (2014-12-22 23:10:39)
KoolZero avatarI have free windows since 2000

posted by Site FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-12-23 01:33:17)
SirSeedsAlot avatarcggc is on crack again lol

posted by (2014-12-23 03:20:48)
metazip avatarThere is a way to defeat the activation, but they would never tell you that. We did it in 1986, by accident, the old fashioned way with every software that needed activation.

posted by (2014-12-25 23:01:52)
No avatarThis is which update not to install. If you have uninstall it. Then tell computer to ignore this update.

According to this web site

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