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Microsoft files lawsuit against IP address that activated pirated Windows, Office

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published : Dec 28, 2017, 1:59 pm IST
Updated : Dec 28, 2017, 2:01 pm IST

In this particular case, it was very likely that it was a store that installed unlicensed copies on the devices it sold.

Former CEO of Microsoft stated that almost 9 out of 10 versions of Windows running in China are pirated.
 Former CEO of Microsoft stated that almost 9 out of 10 versions of Windows running in China are pirated.

Microsoft’s operating systems and other software have been used without paying for license fees by many users since long. The company was not as strict to have restrictions or take the piracy users to book as the database of piracy users was way too large, but the tech giant was always pursuing corporate and large offices because of the large number of pirated software being used under a single roof and that too for commercial purpose.  But now, it seems like Microsoft has pulled up its socks and is going behind individual users too.

In a recent incident, Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against an IP that allegedly attempted to activate a pirated copy of Windows and Office. Microsoft has sued the party for copyright and trademark infringement. GeekWire reported that the court documents mentioned a particular IP address that appears to be used by a Comcase office in New Jersy. The person behind the IP address has allegedly tries to activate more than 1,000 copies of the unlicensed Microsoft software.

“During the software activation process, Defendants contacted Microsoft activation servers in Washington over 2800 times from December 2014 to July 2017, and transmitted detailed information to those servers in order to activate the software,” claimed Microsoft.

In this particular case, it was very likely that it was a store that installed unlicensed copies on the devices it sold. With this move, it definitely confirms that the tech giant is listening to incoming requests and zeroing down to the IP addresses that are coming in for activating pirated software copies.

Microsoft’s Windows and Office are one of the most pirated products worldwide and the tech giant presently suffers heavy losses, especially in countries like China where piracy remains a major issue.

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