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Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) Slams Microsoft for Abuse

Posted in Africa, Microsoft at 2:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Nigeria has had enough of Microsoft’s “piracy” propaganda and it is fighting back against it

MICROSOFT has on many occasions admitted that counterfeiting (Microsoft calls this “piracy”) is helping it rather than harming it. We have just created a new Wiki page to summarise some of the proof. Regardless of the truth, Microsoft sheds crocodile tears and unleashes more propaganda which BusinessWeek gave coverage to without question.

Microsoft Must ‘Raise Game’ on Piracy, Enforcement Chief Says

[...]

Microsoft Corp. is finding some software pirates remain “one step ahead” of its efforts to clamp down on fake or corrupted programs, the company’s anti- piracy enforcement chief said.

That’s just the same old story. Microsoft facilitates illegal copying of its software and then whines (lies) about it.

It just works so much better for Microsoft when an abuser like itself is portraying itself as a victim and sometimes receives sympathy.

The chief behind such deception quit the company not so long ago and there seems to be someone else to substitute him when it comes to propaganda. InformationWeek publishes:

Microsoft: Cloud Boosts Piracy

[...]

Microsoft’s head of anti-piracy efforts says the bad guys are still “one step ahead” of the company’s efforts to stifle the $50 billion global software-piracy problem and believes that the rise of cloud computing will make it even tougher to clamp down on the copy-crazy crooks.

They are ‘dressing up’ the propaganda with buzzwords like “cloud”.

Well, Nigerians are apparently fed up with these daemonisations and lies. According to this report, they are fighting back against the monopolist.

Enough of harassment, CAPDAN tells NCC, Microsoft

Dealers in computer and its allied materials including software, acting under the aegis of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), have chided world’s software

manufacturing giant, Microsoft and the body responsible for waging war against the theft of intellectual properties, the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC), over their harassment of innocent Nigerians under the guise of prosecuting war against piracy in the country.

John Oboro who is the general secretary of the body said instead of harrassing the “small rats” on the streets who hawk the supposedly pirated items, Microsoft and NCC should channel their energies towards locating the cartels that were behind the illicit trade in the country.

Oboro who told the Nigerian Compass that the two organisations merely paid lip service to the war aginst piracy, lamenting that all the recommendations made in respect of the way forward to Microsoft were gathering dust in the archives of the firm.

Let’s remember how Microsoft is hijacking the Nigerian system [1, 2] and corrupting it [1, 2, 3].

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