Microsoft Condemns Anti-Piracy Policy Abuses In Russia

Microsoft has condemned the Russian government for using its anti-piracy policies to deal with political dissents.

The Redmond-based software giant has criticised the use of its anti-piracy campaign to crack down on groups speaking out against the Russian government, news agency Bloomberg has reported.

“We unequivocally abhor any attempt to leverage intellectual property rights to stifle political advocacy or pursue improper personal gain,” wrote Brad Smith, general counsel at Microsoft in company's blog.

The company has spoken after the New York Times reported that unfair means are being used by the Russian authorities against the environmentalist group Baikal Wave.

Smith said the company will soon hire an international law company to deal with the investigation and guide it for piracy policy reforms.

Microsoft initiated the campaign in Russia in 2007 to curb piracy of its operating system software, which has cost it losses of nearly $750 million.