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Microsoft sues IP address that allegedly activated hundreds of pirated Windows products

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 May 2015 23:25 User comments (9)

Microsoft sues IP address that allegedly activated hundreds of pirated Windows products Microsoft has filed lawsuit this week against a Verizon IP address that allegedly activated hundreds of pirated Microsoft products like Windows.
The Verizon IP address, 74.111.202.30, is said to have activated mainly copies of Windows 7 using "stolen" product keys, or keys that have been used more times than their license allows.

"As part of its cyberforensic methods, Microsoft analyzes product key activation data voluntarily provided by users when they activate Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product key is activated,"
the lawsuit reads. "Microsoft's cyberforensics have identified hundreds of product key activations originating from IP address 74.111.202.3...which is presently assigned to Verizon Online LLC. These activations have characteristics that on information and belief, establish that Defendants are using the IP address to activate pirated software."

Microsoft is seeking to impound all the infringing materials, statutory damages and attorney fees.

Check out a PDF of the lawsuit here.

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9 user comments

15.5.2015 11:54

This person is in for a shitstorm of problems now.

They really have this person's "number" HA HA HA.

But seriously...this indiv is in for an uphill climb and will pay for this.

25.5.2015 22:41

Originally posted by hearme0:
This person is in for a shitstorm of problems now.

They really have this person's "number" HA HA HA.

But seriously...this indiv is in for an uphill climb and will pay for this.
Ya. If they were activating a ton of Win7 systems with a DAZ loader or actual pirated keys for a business then they should have been smart enough to use a proxy.

37.5.2015 4:39

It's things like this that make me more and more happy I use Linux along side Windows. Suing a John Doe should be unconstitutional.

47.5.2015 8:48

Originally posted by ajsmsg78:
It's things like this that make me more and more happy I use Linux along side Windows. Suing a John Doe should be unconstitutional.
The Constitution (of my country) says I can sell any property I own. When companies like Steam have buttons with the word Buy on them, or in the text of the Store page they say "Own this game," and then turn around and tell me that I can't then sell it later, they're absolutely breaking the Constitution.

Buy a License for this Game, or Own a License for this Game should be clearly visible on every item on Steam, but they don't want the truth to interfere with their sales.

Makes me laugh when I see Collector's Editions or Collector's Bundles. If I'm collecting licenses, sure! They ought to provide a printed license that I can hang on my wall just so I can actually have something to show for the item I actually paid for.
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58.5.2015 0:23

I see 2 problems with this, number 1 is that the ip probably belongs to some brick and mortar computer shop and it's one of their employees doing it. number 2 microsoft is going to roll out windows 10 soon and has already said they will GIVE free copies to Chinese users whether they are using a legal copy of windows 7 or not. So wtf microsoft? how come you are being so two faced about it?

68.5.2015 5:04

Originally posted by Chrobe:
I see 2 problems with this, number 1 is that the ip probably belongs to some brick and mortar computer shop and it's one of their employees doing it. number 2 microsoft is going to roll out windows 10 soon and has already said they will GIVE free copies to Chinese users whether they are using a legal copy of windows 7 or not. So wtf microsoft? how come you are being so two faced about it?
Very good points!

I think they want to entice China with Windows 10 so the CIA/NSA will have an open door into the country

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78.5.2015 10:14

Originally posted by TrinUK:
Originally posted by Chrobe:
I see 2 problems with this, number 1 is that the ip probably belongs to some brick and mortar computer shop and it's one of their employees doing it. number 2 microsoft is going to roll out windows 10 soon and has already said they will GIVE free copies to Chinese users whether they are using a legal copy of windows 7 or not. So wtf microsoft? how come you are being so two faced about it?
Very good points!

I think they want to entice China with Windows 10 so the CIA/NSA will have an open door into the country

thank you for exposing the dam corrupted goverment we have.

88.5.2015 11:26

Originally posted by Clam_Up:
Originally posted by ajsmsg78:
It's things like this that make me more and more happy I use Linux along side Windows. Suing a John Doe should be unconstitutional.
The Constitution (of my country) says I can sell any property I own. When companies like Steam have buttons with the word Buy on them, or in the text of the Store page they say "Own this game," and then turn around and tell me that I can't then sell it later, they're absolutely breaking the Constitution.

Buy a License for this Game, or Own a License for this Game should be clearly visible on every item on Steam, but they don't want the truth to interfere with their sales.

Makes me laugh when I see Collector's Editions or Collector's Bundles. If I'm collecting licenses, sure! They ought to provide a printed license that I can hang on my wall just so I can actually have something to show for the item I actually paid for.
I agree with you totally and you could even go further with that point as there are plenty of other examples, but this just doesn't make sense at all though from ajsmsg78 "Suing a John Doe should be unconstitutional.". So theft should be constitutionally correct? Really.

99.5.2015 6:25

From ajsmsg78 "Suing a John Doe should be unconstitutional."

Makes sense to me. and does not imply "theft should be consitutionally correct".

Consitutionally everyone has a right to defend themselves, I'd like to see John Doe do so.


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