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Vista's So Bad No One Steals It

Egan Orion

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MICROSOFT sued a bunch of resellers for flogging copies of software they didn't pay it for, the Vole said Tuesday.

The company said it filed lawsuits against 21 resellers in 14 states. The lawsuits allege that defendants sold copies of Windows XP and Microsoft Office that didn't have unique product keys.

Some unauthorised copies were caught by the company's "Genuine Advantage" online copy authentication schemes. Other software licencing violations were said to have been reported to the Vole's snitch line.

Most of the allegedly stolen copies were consumer versions. Only two of the lawsuits claimed that corporate versions of software products were nicked.

None of the resellers were accused of having stolen copies of Windows Vista.