Wikipedia on Crocodile Tears
“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”
Summary: Microsoft relies on ignorance in its latest sympathy-seeking pitch
A MICROSOFT executive is presenting a sob story, laying out what he claims to be the company’s loss due to so-called ‘piracy’. What he neglects to say is that on several occasions the company attributed its success to this so-called ‘piracy’ (counterfeiting) and now that times are rough, reports are suggesting that crackdowns are on the rise.
The Software & Information Industry Association it paid nearly $90,000 in March to 10 sources who reported cases of corporate end-user software piracy to SIIA.
“It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.”
–Bill Gates (2007)