Microsoft asking ISPs to help fight Windows piracy

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Piracy has always been an issue for Microsoft, but it seems the software giant is gearing up to fight back in a big way. The company recently sued several individuals for illegally activating over 1,000 copies of Windows. Microsoft was able to track the pirates to an IP address, and from there, took action.

The lawsuit was filed last week, so at this time, it is difficult to tell where things will end up in the coming months as the defendants will no doubt fight back if they have the means to do so.

“Defendants have activated and attempted to activate copies of Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008,” the company charged. Microsoft’s complaint read that the company’s “cyberforensics have identified over one thousand activations of Microsoft software originating from IP address, which is presently assigned to Cable One, Inc.,”.

Microsoft is also asking internet service providers to help in cracking down on piracy of Windows 10 and other versions of the operating system.

This whole debacle is interesting because Windows 10 has been free since 2015. All that’s needed is a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and we’re certain those can be had for cheap. With this being a fact, we wonder why some choose to pirate something that is freely available.

At the end of the day, Microsoft’s aim to stop the piracy of its products may never work. We envision a world where Windows is free with premium features locked behind a paywall. We call it Windows 365 or some weird name because the software giant is not known for naming its products well. The Xbox One is a prime example of this truth.

We can only hope computer users realize that pirating does not benefit anyone in the long run. If one is unable to afford to purchase Windows or a new system with a legal copy installed, then there are several free operating systems out there to choose from.


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