Microsoft's "Don't Talk Like a Pirate" day

Microsoft's "Global Anti-Piracy Day" kicks off.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Not sure how I missed this until now:

Microsoft plans on Tuesday to announce "Global Anti-Piracy Day," an effort to gain attention for the steps the company undertakes in order to thwart those who would profit from illegitimate software.

As part of the event, Microsoft is highlighting recent antipiracy efforts in 49 countries, ranging from the filing of lawsuits in the U.S. to a seminar for journalists in Pakistan.

It's the kind of thing that Microsoft does all the time, although the company is aiming for some added ink by grouping together so many actions at once.  

Feels like a weird twist on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" ...

Microsoft issues some really conflicting messages with regards to piracy. Yes, some emerging markets enthusiastically pirate software, taking the numbers to stratospheric levels, and this is lost revenue. But at least these markets aren't choosing Linux or Mac, so there's a chance that Microsoft will be able to get money off them at some point in the future. Glass is half full, and all that.

Any tips on how to not talk like a pirate? If you can't answer that, any Linux fans want to chime in with why piracy is so high when there are free operating systems available?

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