Russian piracy charges dropped after Gorbachev writes to Gates
Charges have been dropped against a Russian school principal who faced up to five years in prison for software piracy, according to Russia's state news agency.
Alexander Ponosov, 40, was charged with violating Russia's copyright law after police seized 12 computers from his school in the western Russian village of Vereschagino. Police say the PCs contained more than $10,000 in pirated Microsoft software, but Ponosov claims he bought the computers with the software preinstalled and has maintained his innocence.
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