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Microsoft clamps down on piracy in New England.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-(C) 1994-9 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD Microsoft Corp has filed civil software piracy lawsuits against eight business in the New England region, US. The eight companies are suspected of illegally distributing counterfeit products and installing unlicenced software to undercover investigators. The crackdown by Microsoft is aimed at protecting legitimate software distributors from sales loss and software customers from fake products. In related news, Microsoft has announced that it will be increasing the donation of proceeds from settlement recoveries and judicial awards from its software piracy cases to about US$25m. The money, about US$5m over five years, will go to nonprofit organisations that help provide disadvantaged communities with access to technology as well as some academic institutions to help promote innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity in the fields of science and technology. In a recent announcement Microsoft said it would be donating US$50,000 to the Boston Chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship from the restitution fees awarded in the Crazy Bob software theft case.

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Date:Jul 2, 1999
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