David Finn, Microsoft's associate general counsel for antipiracy, called it "the scary side of counterfeiting" today at the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in Paris. Mexican drug cartels, he says, are making fake copies of Office 2007 and pedaling them on the streets of Mexico. One would think that Microsoft, of all companies, could appreciate the need to diversify one's products.
Bloomberg reports this morning that Finn showed off a copy of fake Office software "brazenly" stamped with the "FMM" logo of La Familia cartel.
The folks at the conference delivered ominous news about the world of fake crap.
The value of counterfeit and pirated goods within the Group of 20 countries may rise to $1.77 trillion by 2015 from an estimated $650 million in 2008, costing the economy $125 billion.
How much of that is made up by fake Microsoft software now, one could ask. But with many more hilarious counterfeit items like these available, who cares?