Microsoft to Host "Be Sure It Is Legal" Day in San Diego to Help Consumers And Resellers Defeat the Software Pirates

REDMOND, Wash. - June 17, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. will be hosting "Be Sure It Is Legal" Day in San Diego on Friday, June 18, to help customers identify counterfeit software and to help make a dent in the piracy problem that affects customers and resellers in Southern California. Representatives from Microsoft and local resellers will be on hand to provide tools and information on software licensing and software asset management. Microsoft encourages customers who suspect they may have counterfeit software to bring the software to the event for evaluation by Microsoft product ID specialists. The event includes food, drawings for tickets to that night's San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game, and Microsoft® software.

Southern California has become a hotbed for counterfeiting. Recently in Paramount, Calif., the largest single seizure of counterfeit Microsoft software was made, and eight leaders in the alleged criminal counterfeiting ring were indicted on counterfeiting and money laundering charges. Last week in another raid in Baldwin Park, Calif., two people were arrested and are currently being held on $5 million bail each in connection with the seizure of counterfeit Microsoft software and licenses.

What: "Be Sure It Is Legal" Day

When: Friday, June 18
7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: KFMB Radio Parking Lot
7677 Engineer Road
San Diego, Calif.

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