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Microsoft to fight pirates and counterfeit software

Date: March 10, 2006

Expanding upon its Windows Genuine Advantage program, which requires customers to verify their licenses before downloading operating system updates, Microsoft has rolled out a new effort called the Genuine Software Initiative. The undertaking will combine the company's anti-piracy and counterfeit prevention efforts.

GSI will focus on three areas: education, engineering and enforcement. Microsoft plans to spend more time highlighting the importance of genuine software, as well as developing new protection methods such as WGA. The company has already been involved in the arrest of numerous counterfeiters, and expects to work more closely with law enforcement in this regard.
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