Microsoft Runs Global Campaign against Software Piracy
The student named Shaahil Ali has been ordered by Manukau District Court to pay Microsoft $22,176 within a week, for selling unlicensed versions of Microsoft products on Trade Me. And this is not the first legal action taken by Microsoft over software piracy in New Zealand. It has been targeting sellers on Trade Me, since 2008.
Including New Zealand, there is a record of 63 legal filings in 12 countries in the year 2008. Microsoft is running the global campaign against software piracy. Microsoft NZ national technology Officer Mark Rees said "Microsoft is doing everything in its power to stamp out piracy, and educating New Zealand businesses and Kiwi consumers about the risks of getting software from suspicious sources plays a major part of this".
There are also efforts from the government side for dealing with piracy. Further vendor legalization programs to execute new business revenue and allocation channels, adopting cloud computing and offering "Software as a Service" or bundled software with bandwidth service, may also help out to trim down piracy rate.
According to IDC, consumers had undue control on the country piracy rate, as they accounted for 68 percent of PC shipments and 60 percent of the installed base. Although More than half the software organized in the country went to the consumer installed base, typically a high piracy segment.
Furthermore, skills training and a fanatical digital intellectual property rights unit are also imperative factors in attempts to scrutinize and prosecute intellectual property theft.