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Microsoft signs anti-piracy agreement with Vietnamese government

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 May 2007 11:41 User comments (4)

Microsoft signs anti-piracy agreement with Vietnamese government In an effort to curb piracy in the country, Microsoft said on Monday that it had signed an anti-piracy agreement with the Vietnamese goverment that would require that all government officials and offices to use genuine copies of all Microsoft software.
According to recent studies, Vietnam has one of the highest rates of piracy globally and Microsoft loses billions in revenue each year because of such piracy.

CEO Steve Ballmer was there to witness the signing and had this to say, "I see a prosperous future ahead for Vietnam, and the country is doing the right things by looking now at how it can foster a healthy local software ecosystem, which will help open up this market to the rest of the world".

The Prime Minister of Vietnam seemed to agree with Ballmer's sentiments. "The agreement demonstrates very strong commitments of the government of Vietnam in protecting intellectual property rights". he said before the signing.

Last year, during a visit by Bill Gates, Vietnam's Ministry of Finance signed a similar deal, the first of many Microsoft hopes.

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4 user comments

121.5.2007 12:37

back before i was of age, i signed a probation agreement not to drink alcohol..

im sure the vietnamese gov't will abide just as much as i did.

221.5.2007 16:57

They say and do one thing and then when bill gates goes they go back to normal :)

324.5.2007 14:51

What will Bill Gates do if the Vietnamese government goes back on its word, send over another mass of men and start another war that they are not able to win.

426.5.2007 6:11

Hey Bill, M$,

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What will Bill Gates do if the Vietnamese government goes back on its word

Take a trip to Iran? I'll wager they aren't using genuine M$ products whatsoever, and could care less. Nah he'd rather charge us more, easy way out.

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