Copyright Infringement Complaint from Microsoft
Thanks to our friends at DirectNIC.com, I was able to get a copy of the sort of complaints that Microsoft makes about my CD Key web page. Their e-mail is listed below. It is interesting that they seem to intentionally mix up the publishing of copyrighted material without authorization (which is clearly illegal) with the publication of things related to copyrighted works (which is not illegal per se). They also borrow terminology from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act without actually saying that it applies in this case (it doesn't). I have also made a link to my reponse. If you want to see the actual site with the controversial page, go to opensourcerules.info and then you can use the button along the type with 'MS CD Keys'.
From: Internet1@microsoft-antipiracy.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 2:44 AM Subject: Demand for Immediate Take Down - Notice of Infringing Activity - MS Ref. 30046 VIA EMAIL: Demand for Immediate Take-Down: Notice of Infringing Activity URL: http://www.opensourcerules.info/cdkey.html CASE #: 30046 20 February 2003 Dear Sir or Madam, Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted computer programs published by Microsoft. 1. Identification of copyrighted works: Computer program(s): Windows XP Professional Office XP Professional Visio 2002 Professional Copyright owner(s): Microsoft Corporation 2. Infringing material or activity found at the following location(s): http://www.opensourcerules.info/cdkey.html The above location is offering 'Cracks' or 'Product Keys', intended to circumvent technical measures that control access to Microsoft's copyrighted works and that protect Microsoft's copyrights in those works. 3. Statement of authority: I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that the information in this notice is accurate and that I am authorized to act on behalf of Microsoft, the owner of the copyright(s) in the work(s) identified above. I have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by Microsoft, its agents, or the law. We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take expeditious action to remove or disable access to the material described above, and thereby prevent the unauthorized distribution of these cracks and product keys via your company's network. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding what actions you take. Yours sincerely, Peter Anaman Internet Investigator for Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 United States of America E-mail: Internet1@microsoft-antipiracy.com
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