Russian Police Crack Down on Opposition Groups

Monday, September 13, 2010

Russian police have started cracking down on opposition groups by confiscating their computers, saying they might have pirated Microsoft software on them. Clifford Levy, Moscow bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times, describes the role that Microsoft has played in these crackdowns.

As the ploy grows common, the authorities are receiving key assistance from an unexpected partner: Microsoft itself. In politically tinged inquiries across Russia, lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police.



Clifford J. Levy

Produced by:

Blakeney Schick

Comments [1]

Phil from California

This is just one example of the hypocrisy and real strategy behind our current intellectual property regime. Probably 90% of the copies of most of the top-name software out there are pirated, often because the pirates would never have been able to pay the list price to begin with. Thus, those pirate copies are no net loss to the producers, and there is little or no actual effort to go after them. However, they DO provide the opportunity to smack down anyone who is actually prosecuted, and that means that in theory, any enemy of MicroSoft, or of a friend of MicroSoft, such as the Russian government is at risk.

Sep. 18 2010 07:43 PM

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