My question is, are those people who bought a pirated copy of Windows really aware that they are getting a pirated copy? The article references the fact that PCs in China are sold pre-loaded with pirated software and the retail store they mentioned even has signs up that might make a consumer think they are getting legit software. If piracy is really that prevalent in China, the public must lose all concept of what a legit copy actually costs or how to get a legit copy in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending piracy at all, but if all there is available to buy is pirated software, are the people who may have innocently bought it really to blame?
That is true, and I can see how that would be frustrating, but I don't know exactly how these products are marketed to the customer. Here, it's fairly easy to tell when you're getting yourself a pirated copy of a piece of software, the box looks different, etc.. (I'd like to thank Capitalism for the Quality of Products that are sold in America..) it may be the same case there, in which case I still offer no remorse to these people. Whether or not you bought it, doesn't mean is necessarily a legal copy, and you should (as a consumer) verify what you're getting is the correct item, prior to purchasing. However, if it was the case that the marketing was actually quite clever, then I do offer my sympathies to those who were affected.
c'mon full versions or student versions (not clear which) of office 2k7 is only like $29 dollars there.
In a country where the average yearly income is about 5000 US dollars, that's probably a lot of money.
Well in comparison to how much it was previously there (upwards around $300) I think that's a VAST improvement.