Microsoft's fight against piracy
The fact that the quality of pirated copies offered on the market has steadily increased in recent years is nothing new. According to Microsoft, Windows98, NT, 2000 and Office97 were the most frequently counterfeited products last year.
Microsoft's own product identification service checked over 92,000 software packages for authenticity between July 2001 and March 2002. 83 percent of the confiscated goods are not said to be complete counterfeits, but 'only' tampered with. This means, for example, that the dealers sell the individual components of a complete package individually in order to generate a higher profit. A retailer turns one product into several products that can be sold individually at a higher price than the complete package. Users who believe they have bought illegal software in stores are asked to contact the software piracy hotline (0800/181-4733). Should Microsoft agree to the suspicion, the product will be exchanged for an original. Allersings, the customer must affirm that he has legally acquired the product. You won't get the original until Microsoft has received the copy.