Sometimes I think Microsoft can't possibly stoop any lower than it already has. Microsoft always proves that to be incorrect...
Why Is Microsoft Seeking New State Laws That Allow it to Sue Competitors For Piracy by Overseas Suppliers?
Thursday, March 24 2011 @ 09:46 AM EDT
Microsoft seems to be trying to get its own personal unfair competition laws passed state by state, so it can sue US companies who get parts from overseas companies who used pirated Microsoft software anywhere in their business. The laws allow Microsoft to block the US company from selling the finished product in the state and compel them to pay damages for what the overseas supplier did.
You heard me right. If a company overseas uses a pirated version of Excel, let's say, keeping track of how many parts it has shipped or whatever, and then sends some parts to General Motors or any large company to incorporate into the finished product, Microsoft can sue *not the overseas supplier* but General Motors, for unfair competition. So can the state's Attorney General. I kid you not. For piracy that was done by someone else, overseas. The product could be T shirts. It doesn't matter what it is, so long as it's manufactured with contributions from an overseas supplier, like in China, who didn't pay Microsoft for software that it uses somewhere in the business. It's the US company that has to pay damages, not the overseas supplier.
Awful, I know. But the real question is, Why? Why is Microsoft doing this? Does Microsoft need a new revenue stream, now that folks are switching to smartphones instead of PCs? Or is it something worse, something Machiavellian? I ask that because I noticed two things, one, that Microsoft said that it came up with the laws because it is dissatisfied with patent law and two, something odd and frankly alarming in the Washington State version of this bill that leads me to suspect that this is Microsoft's Plan B in its litigation storm against Linux -- its Ace in the hole in case the Supreme Court decides that its software is unpatentable.
listen stupid the kind of carping you and your ilk are guilty of doesnt matter eh bozo
wotopimp try and find something appropriate to post about and stop wasting the boards time on insignificant junk
<as if some kind of prissy english correctnes mattered>
It isn't prissy and it does matter, stupid. The statement was:
"Google, Apple and others ARE kicking the MS collective butt in the market place and the stock market."
Emphasis added by me. This is a statement about what is happening NOW, and it is unaffected by what happened 25 years ago.
Wotto: I hope you're not surprised. This is classic MS behavior from the lowest level managers up. If you can't compete, find some sneaky way to trash your rivals. Of course, it's always better if you can stab them in the back, but if stabbing them in the front works, then, by all means, do that. The people who behave like this in the company get rewarded and promoted, so it's no wonder that the folks who have reached the top come up with strategies like that which you have described.
You're so right Dork. You forgot to mention that the General Counsel, who would have been in charge of the lobbying group that came up with this strategy, is a first rate buffoon. He loves to go around and talk about how in working for MS, one is making a "dent in the universe". Not only is that pure BS, he also stole that phrase from Steve Jobs and Apple (yet another example of MS copying Apple). It's no wonder with a chump like that at the helm that MS lobbyists and legal pursue such a ridiculous strategy when MS products can no longer compete in the fair market place. I guess it has never occurred to Bradford and his crew that it's an undue burden on American companies to do the due diligence to find out if a vendor has pirated MS software and the vendor employees whom they ask might have no way of knowing; nor should a US based company be responsible for this particular sin of their suppliers. This sort of silly strategy is illustrative of why Google, Apple and others are kicking the MS collective butt in the market place and the stock market.
Not surprised at all. Co-founder Bill Gates is a lawyer's son. Besides that, he learned at his mother's knee the fine art of driving everybody crazy by hairsplitting the rules of any game he played.