Microsoft borrows from RIAA's playbook

Friday, 20 February 2004, 2:23 AM EST

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.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

How to talk infosec with kids

Posted on 17 September 2014.  |  It's never too early to talk infosec with kids: you simply need the right story. In fact, as cyber professionals itís our duty to teach ALL the kids in our life about technology. If we are to make an impact, we must remember that children needed to be taught about technology on their terms.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Sep 19th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //