No not the pirates on ships sailing the ocean looking for vessels to rob, but rather software pirates. Software piracy is estimated to cost the software industry $10 billion in lost revenue. This article describes the lengths Microsoft goes to in order to combat piracy. This includes a team of 75 investigators, lawyers, and analysts along with a CSI type forensics lab that work with local law enforcement agencies to break up counterfeit rings. These rings are not one or two people copying software in a garage, they represent large scale criminal syndicate organizations most often located in China and India. This is one of the byproducts of the brave new digital world.
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(submitted by Tom)