DigitalTrends.com reported that according to Microsoft associate general counsel David Finn, La Familia Michoacana an elite gang in Mexico makes profit $800 million annually by selling pirated software and  counterfeit products. Coincidently, I just finished watching NCIS Season 7 where Gibbs final confrontation with Paloma Reynosa, a cruel druglord in Mexico. So i can imagine how notorious they are.

The New York Times recently reported that one of the most notorious and violent drug cartels in Mexico was using counterfeit software as a “low-risk, high-profit complement to drugs, bribery and kidnapping.” The article stated that the cartel distributed the software through thousands of kiosks, markets, and stores in the region, and demands that sales workers meet weekly quotas, describing the operation as a “form of extortion” on locals.

La Familia Michoacana also make sure that all the local vendors to met sale expectations and put “FMM” logo (Familia Morelia Michoacana) on thier counterfiet products. According to Finn, the logo which also featured on the pirated office 2007 not only effect Microsoft’s reputation but also make consumer uncomfortable.

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via nytimes.com

Pirated DVD in Malaysia

How about here in Malaysia? Do drug lord or ah long aka loan sharks behind this counterfeit products and pirated DVD movie ? What do you think? . Selling pirated DVD movies can make a lot of money easily. The price of the DVD can be just 20 cents but they sell it for about RM 10 each. So who do you think is behind this “cetak rompak” and pirated software ?

Of course they are criminals, and we who bought the counterfeit products actually support their activity. If the drug cartel can make millions of dollars in a year, I believe the people behind this pirated dvd can make millions of ringgit too. Also bare in mind that, consumer who bought this pirated DVD also can be charged.

Open source is the solution

I just gonna to say this once, buy original or get open source software. Don’t buy pirated Window or office, sooner or later Microsoft will detect and keep bugging you which is kind of annoying. Just imagine that the money that you use to buy this pirated DVD will be use for criminal activities like drug activities and gangsterism. Can you live with that?.

There are a lot of opensource software that are FREE to use and download. You can even asked them to mail you the installation DVD such as Ubuntu. There are OpenOffice that is as good Microsoft office and Ubuntu which is better than Windows : )