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01.09.12

Counterfeiting Versus Free Software in Kenya

Posted in Africa, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 4:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The crackdowns on counterfeiting in at least one African nation help the adoption of Free/open source software

WHENEVER we hear about Kenya [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] we tend to hear about corporate corruption and other misuses of positions of power. The counterfeiting wars are mentioned quite frequently too because the pirates from Microsoft and its front groups (such as the BSA) raid local businesses, sparking adoption of Free/open source software, which Microsoft in turn attacks in a variety of nefarious ways. To quote a new report:

Kenyans are turning to open source software, which are freely available to the public, after the fight against piracy was stepped up in the East African nation.

Microsoft East and Southern Africa and Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo) have in the past months intensified war on pirated software, raiding several businesses suspected to be dealing in unlicensed software, confiscating computers and instituting legal action against offenders.

This is a good and very new example of why counterfeiting is actually beneficial to Microsoft. The report contains some common mistakes and myths, but it’s still worth reading.

“Microsoft boss Bill Gates threatened to kill 800 Danish jobs if Denmark opposed the European Computer Implemented Inventions Directive, reports today’s Danish financial daily Børsen, quoted by NoSoftwarePatents.com”

P2PNet, 2005

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

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    Counterfeiting helps Microsoft because it locks users into the file formats and protocols of Microsoft and takes the place of competing software. If they are running a counterfeit Windows, they are not running Red Hat or Ubuntu.

    These raids are probably intended as high pressure sales calls. However, with luck the Kenyan business men and women can take it as a wake up call, summon their dignity and do what Erine Ball Guitars did:
    http://news.cnet.com/2008-1082_3-5065859.html

    If we are lucky there are thousands of Kenyan businesses that have been burned and will turn to FOSS to prevent getting burned again.

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