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Microsoft Philippines sued for Piracy!




Now that one’s for the books! A Pasay City School has filed a law suit against Microsoft Philippines for pirating copyrighted material. [ Digg this! ]

The school, Southeastern College (SEC), filed a Php100 Million (~$2.5 Million) copyright infringement case against Redmond giant Microsoft and Microsoft Philippines. The case alleges that Microsoft illegally copied and distributed a copyrighted teacher training manual developed by the school.

The video above is of Atty. Estelito Mendoza, lead counsel of Southeastern College (recorded by INQUIRER.net reporter Lawrence Casiraya).

Microsoft Philippines stated earlier that they tried to settle this dispute with SEC to no avail. It is possible there was offer for compensation but they did not agree on the figures. Must be way below the Php100 Million mark.

This case is the first of its kind in the Philippines against Microsoft and it will be interesting to see how this pans out.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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33 Responses

  1. Wew! This case would be tough one. Again will be a test of how our justice serves to its limit.

  2. intrepid79 says:

    Micro$oft… can I have my free copy of genuine Vista Ultimate?

  3. jhay says:

    Wow! Now this the way to end 2007 and to welcome the new year. Micro$oft has gotten a taste of its own medicine. hahaha

  4. nonoy says:

    Good thing SEC acquired the services of Atty. Mendoza, arguably the best lawyer in the country. :)

  5. Ordnacin says:

    Well that P100 Million should make any lawyer drool…

  6. McBilly says:

    Wow. Dugg it. It will really be interesting how this will turn out. It won’t be easy that’s for sure!

  7. charles says:

    Dugged it too. This is history in the making. haha.

  8. Miguel says:

    But why did they get a controversial lawyer?

  9. boddah says:

    ^ probably to make the case more controversial :)

  10. Glenn says:

    Nice post yuga! funny!

  11. Let us see how Atty. Mendoza would make any of microsoft’s argument irrelevant.

  12. teka.. forgive me if my comment is not related.. i’m just curious.. bat nagiging dollar sign ang S ng microsoft? hmmmmmmm…

  13. Ryan says:

    Isn’t “Microsoft being sued for piracy” a bit misleading? Just semantics I know, but since there was no money being made by microsoft then it’s not really piracy. One could argue that there was money lost by SEC, but that’s a little curious as well since it’s not like they were going to sell those tutorials anyway.

    It was a silly gaffe by Microsoft, but I don’t think they they were willfully pirating, someone in the chain of command just slipped, and they didn’t catch it in time.

  14. Connie says:

    OFF TOPIC, sorry, emergency.

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    * ns21.donutbai.com returned (SERVFAIL)
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    Cant access server anymore.

  15. Brlin says:

    of course the school will win, the judge wants a cut.

  16. Gian Paolo says:

    Whoa. Let’s see what happens next. Hahahaha.

  17. normanski says:

    hmm this should taste good! Microsoft Milk!

    Go get em, hehe

  18. Eugene says:

    Interesting… It seems many bloggers get their tech news from Yuga. Hehehe. This bit of news has been covered by Inquirer maybe about a day before Yuga blogged about it.

  19. ikuzawa says:

    lol..u complain so much bout pirating ur s2pid CD..taste ur own medicine..and this wouldnt be a big issue,coz microsoft phil would just bribe them to stfu..i hope this would be the last of microsoft phil here..greed kills..

  20. Goe D says:

    This is really top and truly groundbreaking, please vote on it at http://www.ebenta.com in the featured article. Let the aggressor Microsoft have a dose of its own medicine. The interviewer though is quite annoying with his ‘uhmm’ ‘uhmm’ habit [email protected]@_ lol!

  21. I just hope that SEC will not settle into any agreement with Microsoft Philippines. The case though is tough, piracy coming from a very trusted software company in the country.

    Tsk tsk……

  22. ROFLOLZ!!! Microsoft Guilty of Piracy!!!!!!

    Who would have expected that the #1 Anti-Piracy company are themselves guilty of piracy!!

    so funny!!

  23. henryc says:

    WHEW …. Tingnan natin anong mangyari sa kasong ito…

  24. Chuching says:

    Wow! That’s a weird news. Microsoft being sued for Piracy. Nice!

  25. Nighthawk says:

    Good for them…MS has been doing that to anybody. Now the table’s turned on them! Fight Pinoy!

  26. countOcram says:

    interesting… :D

  27. garce!! says:

    why does the sum go on shinning

  28. evanonsense says:

    Any update about this case?

  29. ha, i have seen copys of software, video and music all over the philippines. Especially in Manila and in Boracay they are sold on the open street.

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