Microsoft Donates Recoveries From Software Piracy Lawsuits to Local Charities
More Than $500,000 in Cash and Software to Assist Disadvantaged Communities
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Dec. 13, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. today announced it is donating more than $500,000 in cash and software to three community organizations serving at-risk citizens in Southern California: Team TECH Los Angeles, Computer HopeTM and Second Byte Foundation.
"Microsoft is committed to donating money recovered in piracy lawsuits to organizations - like these in Southern California - that provide technology and training for underprivileged citizens," said Dave Derry, general manager of Microsoft Southern California. "We are pleased to provide assistance to organizations like these that play such an important role in our community."
Access to technology can truly make a difference, particularly in the lives of underprivileged citizens, by providing users with tools to learn and communicate in new and exciting ways. These Southern California-based nonprofit organizations will use software piracy recoveries in the following ways to improve technology access for the citizens they serve:
"We are grateful for the help that Microsoft continually provides," said Jonathan Campbell of Team TECH. "We are able to give more to our students because of the generous support of our corporate sponsors."
Microsoft's donations from settlement recoveries and judicial awards are a result of the company's efforts to reduce software piracy - the unauthorized copying, reproduction, use or manufacture of software. The company's software piracy lawsuits aim to protect consumers and legitimate distributors, as well as local and national economies, from the negative effects of software piracy. The businesses named in the suits are investigated most often as a result of tips to the Microsoft anti-piracy hot line, (800) RU-LEGIT (785-3448). The tips are typically provided by honest resellers or from consumers who acquire suspicious or poor-quality products.
The company recently announced its commitment to increase funding to community affairs activities through anticipated donations of over $25 million from software piracy recoveries - at least $5 million a year for the next five years. Microsoft will donate these funds to a variety of nonprofit organizations worldwide focused on providing access to technology for disadvantaged communities. The company will also donate funds to select academic institutions to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity in the fields of science and technology.
Across the country, software piracy was responsible for the loss of over 100,000 jobs, $4.5 billion in wages and nearly $1 billion in unrealized tax revenue in 1998, according to the
Business Software Alliance (BSA). The BSA estimates that about one out of every four software applications in use in the United States was obtained illegally.
Customers or resellers with questions about the legitimacy of Microsoft products should contact the Microsoft anti-piracy hot line, toll free, at (800) RU-LEGIT, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Information about software piracy can also be obtained by calling the BSA anti-piracy hot line at (888) NO-PIRACY (667-4722) or by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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