Monday, February 5, 2007

Romania Proclaims Country Built on Pirated Windows

In a recent meeting, Romanian President Traian Basescu told Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates that the IT boom in Romania can be heavily attributed to the on going piracy of Windows software. Basescu met with Gates in celebration of a recently opened technology center in Romania's capital.
"Piracy helped the young generation discover computers. It set off the
development of the IT industry in Romania," Basescu said during a
joint news conference with Gates.

Basescu went on to say that the piracy of Microsoft's software also encouraged the creative capacity of Romania's IT workers. It's estimated that 70% of software in use in Romania is pirated. Though anti-piracy laws have been in place for over ten years, few are enforced.

Gates had no response.


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