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Romania "built our country on pirated Windows"

Gates hears unpalatable words
Fri Feb 02 2007, 07:50
ROMANIAN PRESIDENT Traian Basescu told Microsoft's Supreme Vole, William Gates III that his country's IT industry would be nothing if it was not for pirated Windows software.

Basescu met Gates at the opening of a global technical centre in Bucharest.

According to Reuters, Basescu said, during a joint news conference with Gates, that piracy helped the younger generation discover computers. It set off the development of the IT industry in Romania.

It also helped Romanians improve their creative capacity in the IT industry, which has become famous around the world. He claimed that all this piracy "ten years ago" was an investment in Romania's friendship with Microsoft and with Bill Gates.

Gates didn't say a dickey bird as we suspect it was not the sort of thing that he wanted to hear. We would have thought that Gates would not have supported any piracy in any country even if it helped the nation get where it was today.

Romania introduced anti-piracy legislation 10 years ago but only tends to make arrests when it has to make a point to the EU, or a pirate forgets to pay his bribe money to the local constabulary.

It has been estimated that 70 per cent of software used in Romania is pirated. Pirates will even call at your office to flog pirated CDs and DVDs.

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