End-users are becoming increasingly hostile to pirated software, according to Microsoft.
The company said that a recent study it commissioned showed that as many as 80 per cent of users see some level of security risk in counterfeited software. Additionally, 72 per cent of those surveyed believed that the software industry should do more to stop piracy.
Microsoft is offering the results of the study as part of a wider initiative to improve awareness about piracy. The company is pushing both the software industry and government groups to help educate users and crack down on piracy.
The company suggests that in many cases, pirated software is presented to the user as a legitimate product. Users will purchase the software believing it to be authentic, only to be presented with warnings after the product is found to be pirated.
Microsoft associate general counsel for worldwide anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting David Finn said that the survey results show that users want both groups to improve their efforts at enforcing laws and educating users.
"They want facts. And they want industry and government to stand up and take action," said Finn.
"Our commitment is to do everything we can to help them."
Microsoft has long been known for its efforts to curb software piracy. The company has a history of tracking down and prosecuting not only those who pirate its software, but also vendors who deal in pirated versions of Microsoft products.
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