LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Microsoft Corp. amped up its antipiracy campaign Monday, adding a program that targets large customers that need to “get legal” after being fingered for using counterfeit or illegally-applied volume licenses.
The program, dubbed Get Genuine Windows Agreement (GGWA), plugs a hole in the company’s antipiracy efforts, said Cori Hartje, the director of Microsoft’s 18-month-old initiative to identify phony copies of Windows or instances of unlicensed use of the software.
“This fills in the entire picture,” said Hartje. “Consumers who had been identified as running a counterfeit [version of] Windows could simply push a button and have the purchase made right then. But we didn’t have a good way to programmatically address the same for larger-scale customers, particularly through the [reseller] channel.”
GGWA uses Microsoft’s standard volume licensing — and therefore is designed for organizations that generally acquire the company’s software through that venue — to sell full licenses of Windows XP Professional. Most customers looking to get legal using GGWA would go through their existing channel reseller, Hartje said.
“We also wanted something like this as a turnkey for the channel,” she said. “This way, resellers will be able to offer [their customers] Microsoft financing, for example, as well as other services, such as Software Assurance.”
Hartje said she expects that most organizations using GGWA would do so not because they find counterfeit copies of Windows on OEM-sourced PCs, but because they have “mislicensed” systems. “After an internal review, a company may find it has, for example, 2,000 machines that it got ‘naked.’ And they need a way to address that.”