Microsoft Aims To Target Windows 7 Pirates By Asking Verizon For List Of Perpetrators

Posted on May 05, 2015 by .

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Software pirates have long been proponents of stealing applications and sometimes redistributing them for free or sometimes for a price. Business was good for software pirates for many years but lately many are facing the music due to companies like Microsoft, who is fed up and asking for others to assist their efforts to combat the efforts of pirates.

If you were to figure the top piece of software that is pirated you would find Microsoft Windows ranking above most. Over the many years that Microsoft Windows has been available, pirates have found ways to distribute it illegally.

Just a week ago, Microsoft asked a federal court to allow it to server a subpoena on Verizon to force them to hand over the identity of those behind a two-year scheme that supposedly activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 illegally.

Reportedly, the documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, the IP address 74.111.202.30 was the main source for the Windows 7 product activations done illegally. The identities of those behind these activations are not known. Moreover, to find out who is responsible it will require Verizon to hand over the subscriber names.

Microsoft has gone through lengths over many years to prosecute those who pirate their software, including the Windows operating system. In many cases it is rare that someone like Microsoft must rely on another large entity to find out who the perpetrators are in pirating their software. This time, Verizon is on the line for Microsoft to be successful in their quest to bring recent software pirates to justice.

Officially, in a complaint files on April 28th, Microsoft laid out the full case for several “John Does” because they do not have the real names of the culprits in the case of pirating Windows 7. The suspect IP address has a history of illegally activating Windows 7. Those behind this scheme have circulated several illegitimate activation keys.

The complaint reads, “Based on the volume and pattern of their activation activity, on information and belief, defendants appear to consist of one or more commercial entities that subsequently distributed those systems to customers who, on information and belief, were unaware they were receiving pirated software.”

Supposedly, the pirates in this case have been operating for two years now. With Microsoft’s hands tied until Verizon cooperates puts them in a sticky situation. Microsoft is prepared to sue once they are able to identify those responsible for the IP address behind pirating Windows 7. Until then, the only stumbling block appears to be Verizon in providing the details needed for identification.

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