Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Gorbachev Asks Bill Gates To Save Russian Teacher From Siberia After Students Use Unauthorized Copies Of Windows

from the and-what-would-you-do? dept

Just days after having to stand idly by while the Romanian president talked up how unauthorized copies of Microsoft software helped build that country's IT industry, Bill Gates has another critical issue to decide concerning such "piracy." Over in Russia, Microsoft has apparently been pressing charges against a Russian school headteacher, Alexander Ponosov, who Microsoft accuses of running "pirated" software on school computers. According to current Russian law, if Ponosov is found guilty, he can be shipped off to Siberian prison camps -- just for helping some students get a leg up in learning to use one of the most commonly used pieces of software out there. Even worse, Ponosov says the computers came with the Microsoft software pre-loaded, so he had no idea they were unauthorized copies. Even former Soviet boss Mikhail Gorbachev is now begging Microsoft to drop the lawsuit. Apparently, current Russian leader Vladimir Putin has also asked that Microsoft reconsider. Of course, it's not entirely clear why Russian politicians don't change the law -- but it seems likely that it has something to do with the US government demanding stricter "intellectual property protections" to allow Russia into the WTO. Update: Microsoft has responded to the plea, saying they don't plan on changing a thing, and expect the lawsuit to continue.

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    Cixelsid, 6 Feb 2007 @ 7:51am

    Re: by The Swiss Cheese Monster

    Was he given a chance to correct the problem? If not, then set him free. But if he refused to comply with the law - then maybe some discipline needs to be handed out.

    Yes that's right, some discipline needs to be handed out, send the lazy cuntfuck to Siberia, that'll teach him to pirate an OS so he can educate his students.

    Haha, teach the teacher. That's funny.

    I hope this teaches us that we should keep a handy copy of Ubuntu nearby and to hand microsoft a resounding fuck you when next we decide to buy an O.S.

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