Microsoft borrows from RIAA's playbook
Anxious to stop the spread of its purloined Windows code, Microsoft is sending letters to computer users who are downloading the intellectual property, requesting they stop. It is a move reminiscent of the music industry's early tactics to stem the sharing of copyrighted material on peer-to-peer networks.
However, the similarity may end there, as Microsoft says it is not threatening to sue downloaders -- yet. "It is illegal for third parties to post Microsoft source code, and we take such activity very seriously," the company said.
Last week, a portion of Microsoft's Windows 2000 and NT source code -- arguably the software titan's most valuable trade secret -- leaked onto the Internet. It is now circulating on several P2P networks. Microsoft is working with law-enforcement authorities to investigate the postings.
By Erika Morphy at NewsFactor.
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