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The Register: Disabled mother of four beats off MS, Mounties in piracy case

May 25, 2001, 19:06 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

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No, Mundie Madness and our fixation with disappearing GPL'd IPv6 web servers providing evidence to the contrary, we're not fond of Microsoft stories, but when a disabled mother of four gets hauled off to jail for selling counterfeit software she had no way of knowing was counterfeit, we file it under "general interest" and move on.

She wants compensation and a personal phone call from Bill Gates according to this story.

"After a tip-off from Microsoft, the Mounties showed up at her house, conducted a search and seizure, then arrested her and her husband for good measure. She refused to plead guilty, defended herself and - here's the interesting bit - her case depended on her not being able to knowingly sell counterfeit software, because she didn't know it was counterfeit. "

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