Very interesting article in today's (Sun 12-Sep-10) New York Times. Apparently, Microsoft's Russian operation is cooperating with the authorities to shut down environmental and other activist groups the government doesn't like by claiming that the groups' computers have pirated copies of Windows and applications on them, which allows the police to seize the computers. The remedy for this suggests itself.
Microsoft in the US gave the usual weasel-worded excuse about how they are reviewing the situation, and how they are more interested in catching the high level dealers, I mean pirates, than in punishing the street users.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/world ... ml?_r=1&hp
I don't think that's behind a paywall.