The case of the Russian head school teacher accused of pirating Microsoft Windows has taken another turn. In the case, the teacher was accused of piracy after computers he bought for the school turned out to have unauthorized copies of Microsoft Windows on it -- though, the teacher claims he believed they were legit. In February, a court threw out the case, calling it trivial and sparing the teacher a stint in a Siberian jail. But an appeals court has now decided to reinstate the charges following pressure from the prosecution, although the courts actual reasoning isn't clear. When the case was first in the news, former Soviet chief Mikhail Gorbachev pleaded with Microsoft to intervene, although it appears the case is now beyond the company's control. Still, it seems like a climate where Russian teachers are threatened with jail time over something like this is due in no small part to the work of the BSA, which has tried hard to enlist the world's governments in its fight against piracy. When you consider the fact that companies like Microsoft benefit from piracy, particularly in developing economies, this kind of case looks particularly ridiculous and sad
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