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Microsoft & AutoDesk Guilty of Piracy


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According to itnews.com a court ruling today demands defendants Microsoft and Autodesk to pay a total of $133 million to programmer, David Colvin, founder of z4 Technologies.

The suit was over Microsoft and Autodesk using patent-protected anti-piracy technologies on their software.

“While we are disappointed with this verdict, we continue to contend that there was no infringement of any kind and that the facts in this case show that Microsoft developed its own product activation technologies well before z4 Technologies filed for its patent,” Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans said.

Jack Evans’ comment seems to imply that the technologies in question were written by z4 Technologies, but not patented at the time of their implementation into Microsoft’s and Autodesk’s software.

Despite the legalities of the timing of when it was ‘property’ of z4 Technologies, it’s obviously believed by the court, that ruled in favor of z4, that Microsoft and Autodesk are both guilty of breaching a patent, in essence; piracy.

Source: http://thepiratetimes.com/tpt/?p=97

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piracy of anti-piracy software, hillarious :)

Wasn't there something similar with the whole Sony Rootkit débâcle?

They used code from LAME, and didn't comply with the License requirements.

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