The Fight Against Piracy: Open Source Software versus Microsoft

This past week both leading newspapers and the Business Daily have run stories highlighting a peculiar trend among certain Kenyan businesses who are opting for open source software primarily to escape the long arm of the law.

As IPKenya announced late last year, software giant Microsoft through its East and Central Africa Regional Office here in Kenya together with the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) embarked on an ambitious “Buy Genuine” Campaign aimed at both creating awareness about the dangers of software piracy, how to spot pirated/counterfeit software as well as urging businesses and other software users to acquire genuine software licenses at reduced rates and enjoy other additional benefits.

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