Note to all NGOs: please don't make a mess with Microsoft donationsOct 18, 2010, 22:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)
[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]
"Many non-profit, non government organizations (NGO), including those who try to express dissent in authoritarian regimes, use popular software like Windows or Microsoft Office for their activities without paying for a regular license, because they have no money. Therefore, charging these organizations for software piracy is an effective way to shut down disturbing voices. They are violating laws, after all. According to the New York Times, "Microsoft is vastly expanding its efforts to prevent governments from using software piracy inquiries as a pretext to suppress dissent." This is good, but there are a few things that any NGO should know about plans like this.
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