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					Global Anti-Piracy Day Fact Sheet Oct. 21, 2008 On Oct. 21, Microsoft Corp. announced Global Anti-Piracy Day, providing a 24-hour snapshot of the types of education initiatives and law enforcement actions aimed at tackling piracy and promoting respect for intellectual property that take place on an ongoing basis in local markets around the world. Initiatives include a new blog to raise awareness among educators in Brazil about the importance of teaching students about innovation and the cost of piracy, the launch of an employee anti-piracy ambassador program at Microsoft Italy, and the donation of computers seized from dishonest computer dealers to a local charity in Indonesia. Also taking place are local law enforcement training sessions and numerous legal actions against software counterfeiters and pirates. Below is a summary of the educational programs and legal actions taking place in 49 countries on six continents. Please note that all activities and legal actions noted below have taken place within the last 30 days. Argentina In Argentina, Microsoft launched a new anti-piracy awareness campaign and collaborated with local law enforcement to stop counterfeiters that allegedly sold pirated software preinstalled on computers. Microsoft is collaborating with the Policia Federal Argentina and the Policia de las Provincias de Santa Fe, Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Mendoza, which have conducted 14 criminal enforcement actions against software pirates. In the raids, law enforcement officials recovered pirated Microsoft products valued at approximately $332,000 (U.S.) and seized more than 102 computers that were for sale containing pirated software. The launch of the new anti-piracy awareness campaign, Estamos, is an effort by Microsoft and its campaign partners the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and local software associations, to work with local system builders to educate them about the value of intellectual property rights. In addition, the campaign will train local law enforcement officials about protecting intellectual property. Australia Microsoft Australia has announced three civil cases against alleged software pirates who are accused of hard disk loading counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows XP Home, Microsoft Office Professional 2003 and Microsoft Office Professional 2007. In addition, as part of its efforts to communicate the importance of protecting intellectual property rights, Microsoft Australia is working with other impacted industries, including the music industry and law enforcement to promote awareness. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com.au/genuine. Bahrain This month Microsoft Gulf liaised with local law enforcement officials and the Ministry of Information in Bahrain, resulting in two law enforcement raids on system builders suspected of hard disk loading pirated copies of Microsoft software. Brazil Microsoft has worked with the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil to launch a new blog that aims to raise awareness among Brazilian educators about the importance of teaching young students 1

about innovation and the high costs of piracy. The blog is part of the ongoing Legal School Project, a growing joint public and private effort to respond to counterfeiting and piracy in Brazil. In addition to the new blog, the Legal School Project also holds forums that bring educators and business leaders together to discuss how to help young people understand the value of intellectual property and grow into future entrepreneurs. Law enforcement agencies across Brazil also worked to send a clear message to counterfeiters and software pirates, with Microsoft’s support. Microsoft collaborated with local police departments around the country to tackle resellers selling customers nongenuine or unlicensed software. Canada In Canada, Microsoft, as part of its ongoing efforts to protect its customers and partners from the risks of pirated and counterfeit software, announced the filing of two lawsuits in Ontario against resellers allegedly engaging in the sale of pirated software. In the cases announced today, the companies identified in the suits are alleged to have misled customers by repeatedly preinstalling unlicensed copies of Microsoft software on PCs they sold. More information about Microsoft’s efforts to combat piracy in Canada is available at http://www.microsoft.com/canada/sam/piracy/default.mspx. Chile In Chile, Microsoft hosted a seminar focused on the value of intellectual property to the local economy and is working with local law enforcement (Brigada Investigadora de Delitos de Propiedad Intelectual) and the local government (Servicio de Impuestos Internos) to carry out criminal enforcement actions against three software resellers alleged to be duping customers by selling them preloaded, unlicensed software. China To combat piracy and counterfeiting in China, Microsoft is undertaking a number of activities to raise awareness about intellectual property rights and the value of the genuine software. To raise awareness, Microsoft is providing technical training to local law enforcement agencies. The training sessions will help them to better identify pirated software. In addition, Microsoft supported Chinese law enforcement actions against vendors that were illegally preinstalling and selling counterfeit Microsoft products in malls, storefronts and on the street. Customers provided evidence in some of the cases. In all, 25 raids were executed by Chinese law enforcement agencies against resellers trading in counterfeit Microsoft software and against 25 vendors selling counterfeit and unlicensed Microsoft software in malls. The Chinese government is also attaching greater emphasis to the protection of intellectual property rights in China. This is evidenced by the recent sentencing of two suspected pirates that were convicted of manipulating the Microsoft Open License program and selling unsuspecting customers unlicensed software. Each of the defendants was sentenced to six months in prison by the Nanning Quingxiu Peoples Court on Oct. 7, 2008. This is the second of this type of case brought before the Chinese court. In Shanghai, the first such case resulted in the sentencing of two defendants to over two years’ imprisonment each. On Oct. 16, 2008, Shandong Province High People’s Court made a decision on an appeal case brought by one corporate end user in Qingdao, Shandong province, for using unlicensed software. Microsoft together with two other software vendors won the final instance. Colombia Microsoft combined collaboration with law enforcement agencies and educational programs for local government about the value of genuine software. Working closely with police and the Colombian 2

Attorney General’s office, Microsoft helped identify system builders that were selling unlicensed software to unsuspecting customers. Thirty-three criminal actions were executed by local police to halt these sales. Microsoft also partnered with the Business Software Alliance to conduct product identification training sessions to educate 166 local police officers and members of the Office of the Attorney General, as well as 30 teachers, about genuine software. Denmark Microsoft filed one criminal case against an alleged software pirate accused of importing counterfeit Windows Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 Professional products, following the stop by Danish Customs of a suspect shipment. Danish Customs also more recently has stopped another shipment of high-quality counterfeit Windows XP Professional products coming from China, which Microsoft has examined in order to follow the case against the importer. Dominican Republic In the Dominican Republic, Microsoft partnered with local police and prosecutors to stop software resellers alleged to be distributing unlicensed software to unsuspecting customers who purchased the software on preinstalled PCs, as well as resellers distributing illegal software though Internet-based offerings. Local police conducted three raids after several months of investigation. Egypt Microsoft Egypt has announced that in September alone this year 139 criminal proceedings were brought against alleged software pirates in Egypt accused of pirating Microsoft software including Windows XP and Office 2003. This involved raids on street vendors and in computer stores by the Intellectual Property Rights Police Department and the Ministry of Justice-led Information Technology Industry Development Agency. The cases also included incidents of hard disk loading pirated copies of Microsoft’s software products. In addition Microsoft Egypt continues to strengthen its efforts to drive awareness of the value of intellectual property including monthly training programs for government departments and the launch of the Microsoft Get Genuine campaign this month. Microsoft is also sponsoring the development of the first Arabic regional intellectual property rights Web site, which will be hosted under the supervision of the Arab League and will launch this November. El Salvador In El Salvador, Microsoft partnered with local police and prosecutors to carry out the country’s largest enforcement action, dismantling a well-organized criminal syndicate that was engaged in illegal software distribution. Finland Microsoft Finland commended the Helsinki police department for investigating a case this month in order to bring criminal proceedings against an alleged software pirate accused of selling hundreds of counterfeit copies of Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home via Internet auctions. In addition, the Rovaniemi police department is also investigating another alleged software pirate suspected of selling counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP Professional products via Internet auctions. The preraid evidence suggested that more than 150 copies of counterfeit software were sold, corresponding to a total retail value of more than 50,000 euros. Finally, Finnish Customs recently stopped a shipment of suspect CDs coming from Israel, which Microsoft determined were counterfeit. Microsoft will therefore request that Customs confirms the stop of this shipment in order to take further action against the importer.

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France This week, Microsoft France is training French customs officers in partnership with Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB), a French professional organization dedicated to the protection of IP rights. This week, Microsoft France initiated civil cases against alleged software pirates accused of selling counterfeit Windows software worth an estimated $1.2 million (U.S.). In addition, the French Gendarmerie this month brought criminal proceedings against an alleged software pirate accused of pirating Windows XP, Windows Vista and the Microsoft Office suites via online marketplaces to an estimated value of $70,000 (U.S.). The investigation was initiated following a customer complaint to Microsoft regarding technical problems with the software, which was later found to be pirated. Greece This month, Microsoft Greece is launching a Windows Genuine Advantage campaign, educating customers about how they can determine whether their copy of Windows is genuine. In addition, as part of its ongoing efforts to track pirates, Microsoft continues to implement its mystery shopping program across the country aimed at protecting its partners from unfair competition through identifying computer dealers and software resellers trading in counterfeit software. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hellas/mscorp/default.mspx. Guatemala In Guatemala, Microsoft has been working with local law enforcement agencies to provide their experts and field officers with the latest techniques in detecting pirated software. Raids targeting pirated software distributors were carried out in coordination with prosecutors and local law enforcement agencies. To further this effort, Microsoft in Guatemala is announcing a new workshop that will focus on the identification of pirated software and other cyber crimes. In addition, Microsoft has partnered with local universities in Guatemala to enhance education and awareness about intellectual property rights. Hungary Microsoft Hungary announced the results of a survey of more than 70 Hungarian IT retailers on software piracy, which revealed that staff at large retailers offered illegal software installations more frequently than small PC shops. Consequently, Microsoft Hungary is launching an education initiative highlighting the risk of pirated software to customers as well as addressing these issues. India Microsoft has launched a channel education and awareness initiative, in collaboration with the various channel associations in India, to broaden understanding of the dangers of software piracy to resellers and to protect consumers. In addition, Microsoft India has taken 15 civil actions against resellers who were hard disk loading counterfeit copies of Windows and Microsoft Office. Also, Microsoft teamed with other software companies, to assist the City Crime Branch in their piracy investigations and helped to close down a software piracy racket in Bangalore. Three arrests have been made as part of the criminal investigation. More information about Original Microsoft Software products is available at http://www.microsoft.com/india/originalsoftware. Indonesia On Oct. 22, David Finn, associate general counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft, will travel to Surabaya, Indonesia, to launch the Indonesia edition of Global Anti-Piracy Day. This launch will kick-start a two-month national campaign targeted at getting computer dealers to sell only genuine licensed computers, which will include mystery shopper, channel enforcement and awareness activities. The launch tomorrow will be at a local IT shopping mall in Surabaya, whose 4

management has been highly cooperative in reducing piracy in the mall. During the launch, the mayor of Surabaya and Finn will donate 10 computers to a local charity. These 10 computers were purchased from dishonest computer dealers and previously had unlicensed software on them. Microsoft has loaded licensed Microsoft software on these computers and will donate them to charity. Israel Microsoft Israel announced that the Israeli Police Intellectual Property Unit and Israeli Police in the northern district conducted two criminal raids against alleged software pirates. The first raid targeted a reseller suspected of selling counterfeit Microsoft software including Office 2003 and Office 2007. In this case, Microsoft liaised with the Police Intellectual Property Unit, gathered its support, and a police raid was conducted on that reseller. The manager was detained for questioning and the police seized 109 units of Office 2003 Professional and 11 units of Office 2007 Professional OEM packs. Following that, a civil case at the sum of 1,000,000 (NIS) was filed against this reseller. The second raid was conducted against a computer technician suspected of selling computers installed with unlicensed Microsoft software, including Windows XP Professional and Office 2003 Professional. In this case, the police conducted a raid in which hard drives with copies of Windows XP and Office 2003 suspected to be infringing were seized. In addition, following civil actions that were filed against two resellers suspected of selling computers installed with unlicensed Microsoft software, settlement agreements were signed and the resellers paid compensation. As part of its ongoing efforts to educate resellers about the risks in selling illegal software, Microsoft Israel continues to drive awareness among the reseller community by conducting meetings with resellers and sending out educational materials about the risks of piracy and the benefits of genuine software. Italy For the first time, Microsoft Italy will launch a weeklong internal initiative called Be Original on Oct. 23, asking Microsoft Italy’s 1,000 employees to highlight the importance of the value of genuine software by voluntarily becoming anti-piracy evangelists for a week. Speaking to friends and relatives, and using their social networks, Microsoft Italy employees will create awareness and provide genuine software kits to resellers, friends and family. In addition, this month Microsoft Italy has filed four civil cases against alleged software pirates accused of hard disk loading counterfeit Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, and Office 2003 and 2007. One criminal case has been filed against a reseller following the complaint by a school IT manager to Microsoft that the school had been sold illegal software with its computers by the reseller. Another criminal case was filed against an importer of a large amount of counterfeit Microsoft mice bearing the Windows logo following a stop by the Italian customs of the suspect shipment coming from China. Japan This month, Microsoft Japan filed one criminal action against an alleged software pirate accused of selling counterfeit Windows XP software via an online marketplace, with an estimated 50,000 sales possibly affected. Kuwait This week Microsoft Gulf will coordinate a commercial round table promoting intellectual property awareness with representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Interior and Customs officials in Kuwait.

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Latvia This month, Microsoft Latvia has launched an online course on intellectual property rights for Microsoft partners, concentrating on the system builder channel and resellers with the aim of raising intellectual property rights awareness and the ability to better address customers’ questions concerning intellectual property rights. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.lv. Malaysia On Oct. 23, the government of Malaysia, supported by the Business Software Alliance, will launch a national two-month campaign known as Genuine Attitude: IT Mall. Like in Indonesia, the launch will be held in a local IT mall in Kuala Lumpur where the mall management has been highly cooperative in reducing piracy in its stores. During the launch, a senior official from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs will donate 70 computers to a local charity. These 70 computers were purchased from dishonest computer dealers and included unlicensed Microsoft software. Microsoft has loaded licensed software on these computers and is working with the Ministry to donate them to the charity. During the launch, the CEO of the IT mall, Low Yat Plaza, also will sign a participation document to signify his support for the Genuine Attitude: IT Mall campaign. Other IT malls across the country will be encouraged to participate and pledge that they will try to eradicate piracy in their malls. Mexico Microsoft collaborated with Mexican authorities to conduct six criminal raids against resellers engaged in selling unlicensed and counterfeit software to unsuspecting customers through storefront operations. In addition, Microsoft filed two civil lawsuits against resellers alleged to be engaged in similar illegal actions. Two of the raids conducted by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office and representatives of the Mexican Federal Agency of Investigation resulted in the seizure of PCs that were preinstalled with unlicensed Microsoft software. The Netherlands Microsoft Netherlands filed five civil cases against alleged software pirates accused of pirating Windows and Office by hard disk loading and selling the products via online marketplaces. In one of these cases, Microsoft received information from customers who believed their software had been pirated. Nigeria On Oct. 20, Microsoft Nigeria held an intellectual property rights seminar in partnership with the IT industry association Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria and also launched a campaign highlighting the risks of piracy to the consumer. In addition, after receiving a complaint from a customer and a reseller in Lagos who was selling what appeared to be high-quality counterfeit versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP, Microsoft made a controlled undercover test purchase to gather additional evidence, confirmed that the reseller was indeed selling counterfeit Windows software, and then liaised with the local police and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria. In response to the information supplied by Microsoft, the police decided to take enforcement action. A police raid was carried out on Oct. 13 and two arrests were made. The police also seized high-quality versions of counterfeit Windows Vista Business. Evidence gathered during the raid suggests that the counterfeit software was manufactured in China by a known organized crime syndicate. The matter is now being considered for escalation to the EFCC for further investigation. Pakistan On Oct. 22, Microsoft Pakistan is planning to launch a journalist workshop on Nov. 6 to educate the media about the impact of software piracy. The event also will involve law enforcement agencies as well 6

as trade associations. Microsoft Pakistan also has announced it will participate in a road show commencing this month in Karachi that will be organized in collaboration with the Anti-Counterfeit and Infringement Forum and the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, this month Microsoft Pakistan will launch a Get Genuine software product campaign to educate customers on how to recognize if their Microsoft software is genuine. Further, following a number of undercover test purchases to gather evidence against a reseller in Karachi suspected of selling high-quality counterfeit Microsoft software, Microsoft Pakistan liaised closely with a local law enforcement agency and a successful police raid was carried out on Oct. 16. The police made two arrests and seized counterfeit Microsoft Windows XP software. Panama In Panama, Microsoft partnered with local police and prosecutors to stop software resellers from selling unlicensed software to unsuspecting customers. Police conducted two raids as a result of the ongoing investigations. Paraguay In Paraguay, local police and the Public Prosecutor’s office conducted raids on software resellers duping customers with pirated software in the piracy hotspot of Ciudad del Este, on the border of Paraguay and Brazil. Police and other local authorities seized 1,142 Xbox video games and 27 flash memory devices with the Microsoft labels on them at the storefronts of five resellers in the center of Ciudad del Este that were illegally selling pirated software and video games, and counterfeit hardware. Peru In Peru, Microsoft partnered with local police and prosecutors to carry out a massive raid, targeting more than a dozen different software resellers concentrated in Peru’s Wilson area, which is known to have heavy pirate activity. Also, in coordination with the Business Software Alliance, the intellectual property rights awareness campaign “Piensa antes de copiar” (think before copying) is being run in the country. Philippines Microsoft Philippines has announced that the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), specifically the Optical Media Board, has recently initiated inspections against six software retailers allegedly selling pirated disks of numerous programs. Microsoft worked with the National Bureau of Investigation conducting three raids against system builders that preinstalled PCs with unlicensed copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Microsoft Office as an incentive for sale. Microsoft also has run education programs to teach system builders about the consequences of software piracy under local laws by issuing letters and holding regular meetings. A survey carried out between June and September showed that piracy rate in the system builder segment has, as a result, dropped from 90 percent to 70 percent. Poland This month, the Anti-Piracy Coalition, in collaboration with Microsoft, launched the second phase of their Be Original education campaign for secondary schools. Up to four events are planned in the remainder of 2008 across Poland with the aim of educating 500 to 1,000 pupils per event about the dangers of piracy. In addition, Microsoft Poland commended local law enforcement agencies and the Polish Ministry of Finance for initiating a criminal action against alleged software pirates accused of pirating Windows Vista and Office 2007 via peer-to-peer distribution over an intranet. The investigation also revealed illegal files including music and movies. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/poland. 7

Portugal Microsoft Portugal announced it has filed nine civil actions against alleged software pirates who are accused of hard disk loading pirated copies of Windows and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Portugal also announced it is working in partnership with other organizations and industries impacted by piracy to promote awareness of the value of intellectual property in Portugal. Romania In the past month, the anti-fraud department of the Romanian police and the public prosecutors’ offices conducted 13 criminal raids against alleged software pirates accused of hard disk loading and selling via mail order and street vendors counterfeit Microsoft software, including Windows 2000 and Windows 2003; Windows Vista; Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office 2007; Visual Studio; and Encarta. In 2008, law enforcement agencies recovered 39,973 optical disks distributed by these alleged pirates. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.ro. Saudi Arabia As a member of the Business Software Alliance, Microsoft Saudi Arabia has launched an Intellectual Property Rights Media Award competition focusing on the economic impact of strong intellectual property rights and addressing the intellectual property rights concerns in the Saudi market. Fifty journalists have confirmed their participation in the event. In addition, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI) and in its capacity as a member of the Business Software Alliance, Microsoft has developed an Intellectual Property Rights Information Kit to be sent to 1,200 resellers and 3,000 companies. This week Microsoft is also participating in Arab World Protect 2008 in Jeddah — the first Arab Consumer and Brand Protection Forum. In addition, the MOCI raided two resellers this month for hard disk loading unlicensed copies of Microsoft Windows and Office software onto PCs. Singapore Singapore will be the first stop in Associate General Counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and AntiCounterfeiting at Microsoft David Finn’s South East Asia trip, where he will be presenting the Genuine Software Advocates recognition to several computer system builders who have successfully met the criteria in this new Microsoft channel campaign aimed at helping customers find genuine Microsoft software. This campaign follows a recent high profile action against several shops selling high-end counterfeit software in Singapore. Finn also will be announcing the successful legal settlement of these actions today. Slovakia This month, Microsoft Slovakia announced it is planning to launch an anti-piracy awareness campaign targeted at business owners and consumers to promote the benefits of using genuine software. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/slovakia/piratstvo/default.mspx. South Africa This month, Microsoft South Africa launched a Genuine Fact Files campaign, designed to generate awareness of the risks of counterfeit and other types of pirated software. The campaign also educates people about and promotes the value of using genuine Microsoft licensed software and how to “Get Genuine.” As a member of the BSA, Microsoft South Africa is also proactively supporting the current BSA Reward Campaign, which financially rewards employees who report their companies for using illegal software. Microsoft has entered into civil settlement agreements with four resellers this month. This followed an extensive undercover test purchase program, which confirmed that they were infringing on

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Microsoft’s intellectual property rights by supplying their customers with pirated or unlicensed software. Sweden Swedish Customs has recently stopped a large shipment of counterfeit mice, webcams and minidiscs bearing Microsoft trademarks coming from the United Arab Emirates. Microsoft confirmed to customs the counterfeit nature of the goods, reached an out-of-court settlement with the importer and obtained the destruction of the counterfeit goods. Switzerland In late October, Microsoft Switzerland is participating in the launch of a nationwide Stop Piracy Day organized by the Stop Piracy Association. This new initiative, driven by the pharmaceutical, film, music and software industries, and with 550 cinemas, 550 pharmacies and more than 200 retail outlets participating, is the first combined effort against piracy across several industries. The campaign’s aim is to drive awareness about the importance of protecting intellectual property and the role it plays in strengthening Switzerland’s economy. The campaign also will launch a Stop Piracy game and the winner will go to Los Angeles to visit Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. studios to see firsthand how an original film is made. More information is available at http://www.stop-piracy.ch. In addition, Swiss Customs last week stopped a counterfeit Office CD coming in from Kosovo, which Microsoft is currently examining in order to follow the case. Taiwan Microsoft Taiwan commended the Intellectual Property Rights Police department, the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice and the Criminal Police Bureau of Taiwan for taking action against alleged software pirates this month, including suspected high-end counterfeit certificate of authenticity distributors; street vendors selling counterfeit Xbox and Xbox 360 games; and alleged pirates hard disk loading Windows XP and Windows Vista and selling counterfeit Windows Server 2003, Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office XP software on online market places and in-stores. In addition, this month Microsoft Taiwan is launching a Windows Genuine Advantage campaign aimed at increasing awareness about the value of genuine software. Thailand Microsoft is collaborating with the Thai police on a software piracy awareness campaign, which will include Global Anti-Piracy Day. This campaign shows Microsoft’s support of a national crackdown on software piracy led by the Economic and Technological Crime Suppression Division unit of the Thai police, which commenced on Oct. 15 and is part of ongoing work to promote awareness of the threat of piracy. Education letters about the risks associated with hard disk loading have also been sent to more than 100 computer vendors in the past 30 days. Turkey Microsoft Turkey is currently providing the Turkish Ministry of Justice with training sessions on cyber crimes and their impact. Microsoft Turkey also has launched a Get Genuine campaign, aimed at educating customers about counterfeit and pirated software, specifically how to confirm that their Microsoft software is genuine. Microsoft Turkey also announced that police, with the assistance of Microsoft, conducted 38 raids this month in a nationwide campaign against alleged channel software pirates accused of selling pirated copies and/or unlicensed installations on PCs of Microsoft Windows and Office software. Microsoft also has entered into civil settlements this month with three resellers that were selling pirated software. 9

Ukraine Microsoft Ukraine participated in a radio discussion involving musicians, athletes and government representatives on the topic of intellectual property rights this month. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.ua/antipiracy. United Arab Emirates This month, Microsoft Gulf liaised with the local law enforcement agency tasked with protecting intellectual property rights in Dubai. Three resellers suspected of shipping unlicensed installations of Microsoft software with PCs were raided by the police. United Kingdom This month, Microsoft in the UK has brought two civil cases against alleged software pirates accused of hard disk loading Windows Vista Ultimate, Office Enterprise 2007 and Office 2003. More information on software piracy and illegal traders in the UK is available at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/licensing/homeuser/illegal-traders.mspx. United States In the United States, Microsoft today announced legal action against 20 software resellers in nine states that allegedly sold pirated copies of Microsoft Windows XP Professional and multiple versions of Office. These lawsuits are part of an effort to send a message about the importance of reducing the damage that software piracy does to the country’s economy. Microsoft is also working with its partner community to educate people about the value of genuine software through in-person and online trainings. In the cases announced today, the companies identified are alleged to have misled customers by distributing unlicensed copies of Microsoft software preinstalled on the PCs that they sold and/or by selling customers counterfeit software. “It is important to take the economic advantage out of pirating and counterfeiting in order to protect partners and customers,” said Microsoft attorney Sharon Cates. “Microsoft will continue to work to protect the channel, through resources and initiatives, from businesses that operate dishonestly.” The collective impact of piracy in the U.S. is serious. According to the recent Fifth Annual BSA/IDC Global Software Piracy Study, software piracy and counterfeiting cost the U.S. economy more than $8 billion in 2007 — roughly the equivalent of paying for the entire National School Lunch Program. Legitimate businesses struggle to compete against these illegal resellers who undercut their prices and contribute to the 20 percent software piracy rate in the U.S. “The U.S. economy is heavily fueled by the IT industry, yet this vital industry is at great risk from the illegal distribution, importation and exportation of pirated and counterfeit software and products,” said Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. “Continued collaboration between industry, government and law enforcement agencies to enforce laws against selling pirated products will help create more jobs, resulting in a stronger U.S. economy.” Consumers in the U.S. continue to play an important role in stopping these dishonest dealers by reporting suspected pirated software to Microsoft through Microsoft’s anti-piracy hotline, (800) RULEGIT (785-3448), or through the online reporting tool at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy. In addition, evidence from five of the cases announced today stemmed from direct customer reports received

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through Microsoft’s online validation service. Microsoft follows up on each of these reports as part of its ongoing effort to protect its customers and partners from the impacts of this illegal trade. U.S. Case Summaries Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division Microsoft Corp. v. A-1 Discount Computer Sales & Service Inc. Case No. 3:08-cv-999-J-32JRK Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division Microsoft Corp. v. Broad Computer Center Inc. Case No. 2:08-CV-00984 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Microsoft Corp. v. Computer Czech LLC Case No. CV08-06874 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Microsoft Corp. v. Century Software Systems Case No. CV08-06871 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division Microsoft Corp. v. Computers Unlimited and Services Inc. Case No. 2:08-CV-00985 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette-Opelousas Division Microsoft Corp. v. Custom Computer 4 Less Case No. 6:08-cv-01569 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Microsoft Corp. v. Cygma Computer Systems Case No. CV08-06873 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division Microsoft Corp. v. Hill Country Computer Case No. 4:08-cv-00396 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Microsoft Corp. v. JY Computer Inc. Case No. CV08-06869 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY Microsoft Corp. v. Main PC Case No. 08-civ-8975 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Microsoft Corp. v. Miracle Computers LLC Case No. 08-cv-5772

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Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division Microsoft Corp. v. Epic Computer Solutions Case No. 5:08 –cv-00207-C Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Microsoft Corp. v. Brereton Computer Services Case No. CV 08-06875 CBM (PLAx) Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Microsoft Corp. v. H&C Computers Case No. 08 CV 1925 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Microsoft Corp. v. Best Deal Computers No. 08 CV 1927 Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Microsoft Corp. v. Computer Plus Case No.: 08 CV 1928 JLS RBB Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Microsoft Corp. v. SP Computer Case No.: 08 CV 1926 WQH AJB Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon Microsoft Corp. v. Agility Corporate Solutions Case No. CV 08 1219 HA Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon Microsoft Corp. v. Grand Avenue Microtech (Portland, Ore.) Case No. CV 08 1218 AA Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Microsoft Corp. v. Compatible Computers Case No. To be provided upon request #########

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