09.07.11

Cablegate: Microsoft Uses US Diplomats to Pressure Oman to Intimidate Population Using Newspapers

Posted in Asia, Deception, FUD, Microsoft at 7:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cablegate

Summary: A rare glimpse at a common phenomenon where Microsoft uses national papers to spread fear and the advertisers in newspapers are said to be playing a role

Microsoft and its slaves in the Government of Oman (who gave Microsoft taxpayers' money) have only led to further criminalisation of the population, which Microsoft loves calling “pirates” (an inappropriate term). Occasionally Microsoft and its bully, the BSA, organise intimidation campaigns which even cables reveal are just intended to create a scare. In the following Cablegate cable there is concern that the newspapers did not do as Microsoft and the BSA please; they didn’t spread enough fear by naming the country targeted as an "enforcement showcase":



VZCZCXYZ0006
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMS #0938 2810622
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 080622Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY MUSCAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8838
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC

UNCLAS MUSCAT 000938 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARP, EEB/TPP/MTA/IPC 
COMMERCE FOR COBERG 
COMMERCE PASS TO USPTO (PFOWLER) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON, ETRD, KIPR, MU 
SUBJECT: MICROSOFT SETTLES WITH OMANI SOFTWARE PIRATES 
 
 
1. (U) On October 7, Econoff discussed Microsoft's conclusion 
of an out-of-court settlement with four Omani companies 
engaged in software piracy with Jawad al-Redha, Microsoft's 
Gulf Anti-Piracy Manager and Co-Chair of the Business 
Software Alliance.  Redha noted that the settlement was the 
product of over seven months of work in negotiating with the 
violators, identified as al-Madina, al-Rafraf, al-Arabiya, 
and World IT.  Under the agreement, each company will pay 
Microsoft USD 3,000 in compensation and pledge to refrain 
from selling illegal software in the future. 
 
2. (SBU) Redha expressed optimism that the agreement will 
create momentum in enforcing IPR in Oman.  He was quick to 
point out that Oman's purported software piracy rate of 62% 
was still high for the region, but that concerted efforts 
such as this would help bring that statistic down several 
percentage points each year.  Redha said that improvements 
need to be made on the public relations front in reaching 
this goal.  As an example, he noted that the press release on 
the settlement was only published in the English-language 
daily Oman Observer, and only after the government cleared on 
text that did not include country-specific references.  Redha 
speculated that the publishers of Oman's Arabic-language 
dailies, which declined to publicize the settlement, were 
worried that they would lose advertising revenue from the 
companies cited in the text of the announcement. 
 
3. (SBU) Comment:  Microsoft's settlement comes on the heels 
of change in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the lead 
Omani agency in promoting intellectual property rights. 
Econoff learned on October 3 that the director of the 
Intellectual Property Department has been reassigned to a 
lower-level position in a different office of the ministry, 
and that his deputy has been transferred to an unrelated 
department as well.  Post suspects that the director's 
ineffectiveness during the implementation stage of the 
U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement may have precipitated the 
reshuffle.  End comment. 
FONTENEAU 

They are trying to use newspapers as a propaganda tool. Advertisers affect the content of newspapers.

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