Bootlegging IP -What's Your Opinion?

Intellectual_propertyAs someone who has lived in Russia, I’m confident in saying that bootlegging copyrighted intellectual property is the least of the criminal activity the Kremlin has to worry about. I taught at a liberal arts school for rich Mafia children. I saw firsthand how the rich enjoy their ill-gained riches, and the poor continue to suffer with ridiculously low wages, and never quite enough money for equipment and learning materials. (Sniff, sniff, sigh.)

Recently Alexander Ponosov, a small-town Russian school director inthe Ural Mountains region of Perm, has been ordered to stand trial forallegedly installing bootleg versions of the Windows operating systemand Microsoft Office software onto school computers for his students to use. He says the computers came with the software already
installed.

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