Bill Gates has great faith in the Russian legal system, and equally great faith in the robust and ethical nature of
Even Mikhail Gorbachev could not persuade Bill to come to the aid of a Russian school principal charged with software piracy.
Seems that Aleksandr Ponosov went out and purchased computers for his school, as you do, which already had unauthorized Windows software installed. Now he is potentially looking at time in
Bill doesn’t care.
Russia’s enforcement of intellectual property rights, Microsoft sought to distance itself from the prosecution in a statement issued by its public relations agency in . London
“Mr. Ponosov’s case is a criminal case and as such was initiated and investigated by the public prosecutor’s office in
Russia,” said Microsoft, whose European operations are based in . “We are sure that the Russian courts will make a fair decision.” Paris
“We do respect the Russian government’s position on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights.”
Even President Vladimir Putin has condemned this prosecution – during his annual news conference, no less.