Jim Carroll

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Did you know that yesterday was Global Anti-Piracy Day?

If only we had known, we’d have baked a cake or worn an eye-patch or walked the plank (John Moloney kind of did that, though, in front of 2,000 angry auld wans in a church in Dublin – actually, he …

Wed, Oct 22, 2008, 10:22

   

If only we had known, we’d have baked a cake or worn an eye-patch or walked the plank (John Moloney kind of did that, though, in front of 2,000 angry auld wans in a church in Dublin – actually, he was still walking the plank last night on Prime Time AND Nighty Night With Vinnie B) or something.

So because we missed Global Anti-Piracy Day yesterday and because it’s always good to talk about these things, here’s a re-up.

It was an initiative from Microsoft to big up their plans to throw pirates overboard. Don’t know if this also applies to pirates in Somalia.

Per the press release, it was “a simultaneous launch of education initiatives and enforcement actions in 49 countries on six continents to combat the sophisticated, illegal trade of pirated and counterfeit software. The programs announced today include intellectual property awareness campaigns, engagements with partner businesses, educational forums, local law enforcement training, and new legal actions against alleged software counterfeiters and pirates.”

There’s also an interactive map to go with the campaign, outlining detailed info about what the corporation are doing where and why.

Best of all, it features comments from former pirates who have seen the error of their ways. Like SLL in Nova Scotia: “I purchased my product off an online auction site. I was really frustrated that it turned out to be counterfeit. I am very thankful to Microsoft. Your efforts to help victims of software piracy are great. The Windows Genuine Advantage program is just one of many ways that your company is a leader in the software industry. Microsoft is the best!”

No, I’m not making this up. Microsoft 4 EVA y’all.

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