I received an interesting email direct from Microsoft Australia the other day. They had rented the CRN database to make contact, about software piracy. This struck me as odd, as normally Microsoft would address piracy through organizations like the BSA or FAST. So, is software piracy so much worse in Australia that Microsoft is now doing something about it direct?
A quick Google search pulls up an article from over a year ago in Computerworld that highlighted 12 piracy cases worth AU$825K. The largest of these concerned Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat and Autodesk AutoCAD, but no mention of Microsoft.
New approach and emphasis
Looking at Microsoft’s piracy page for Australia reveals that the last publicized ‘Action taken – Illegal traders’ reports were all Nov 2013, quite a few years ago. So, this new email prompting people to report companies who they suspect of selling illegal software, directly to Microsoft is certainly a change in tack and emphasis.