Vladimir Putin Comments on Microsoft

This story is getting even better. Erik points me to the next round -- Microsoft declines to intercede in software piracy case. And there is more on Techmeme. Now, having the former leader of the Soviet Union comment is one thing, but I didn't know that the current leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has also chimed in. My goodness.

From the International Herald Tribune:

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Monday's request for Gates's involvement by Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, followed condemnation of the prosecution by Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, last week in response to the first question at his annual news conference.

"To grab someone for buying a computer somewhere and start threatening him with prison is complete nonsense, simply ridiculous," Putin said. "The law recognizes the concept of someone who purchased the product in good faith."

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Great quote. This probably wouldn't be an issue with OpenSolaris or Linux. Just a hunch.

Comments:

I can't believe that MS don't understand the ramifications of this case. By letting this case be an "example", it will drive foreign governments and users even further away from MS products. On the other hand, MS can't just grant an immunity, because that would also be sending the wrong signal. The best way I can imagine MS handling this would be to ask the prosecution to plea bargain the case to reduce the penalty to the cost of the licenses, plus perhaps a requirement that the teacher spend some number of hours educating students against the evils of piracy. Instead, the heavy-handed approach will drive people away from Microsoft, and ultimately act as a blemish on them. Can't say as I mind, though I feel bad for the poor teacher. The good news is that hopefully this will increase adoption of OpenSolaris!

Posted by Garrett D'Amore on February 06, 2007 at 10:01 PM JST #

I totally agree, Garrett. MS is in a bind here and they need to back off just a bit to appear to be human. I mean, really ... a prison camp for an old copy of Windows? That looks dumb for the Russian govt as well as MS. Sad. Really sad overreaction.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on February 08, 2007 at 11:56 AM JST #

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