Gorbachev Pleads For Microsoft Mercy

I never expected this blog to spend so much time talking about teachers, but following on from last weeks story about the conviction of a teacher in Connecticut after what appears to be nothing more than spyware, it looks like Russian teachers are not safe from the law either.

Apparently Alexander Ponosov, a headmaster in a remote village in the Urals, is facing up to five years in a Siberian prison and a fine of 266,000 rubles ($11,580) for copyright infringement. It seems that Mr Ponosov, purchased a computer containing pirated software for use in the school. It was unclear from the reports I read of the incident whether it was the operating system that was illegal or whether  there was other software installed on the PC.

The latest intervention has come from the former Soviet leader and Nobel Prize Winner Mr Gorbachev, who has appealed to Bill Gates to withdraw the complaint aginst Mr Posonov. Gates response appears to have been that this was not a Microsoft issue, it is a Russian prosecutor issue. Given that the current Russion premier Vladimir Putin has also criticized Microsoft on this it will be interesting to see what happens next.

Like I said before, who’d be a teacher.

PS. To read more about the Connecticut spyware case check out :



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