The Adrenaline Vault heeft een artikel gepost over de anti-piracy maatregelen waar Microsoft zich momenteel mee bezig houdt. Zo zal er een "Internet monitoring program" gestart worden die 24 uur per dag illegale download sites moet opsporen. Nieuwe Office 2000 versies krijgen verder een nieuw installatie en registratie systeem mee, en de Windows 2000 pakketten worden van unieke hologram beelden voorzien. Hieronder wat meer info:
Microsoft will include a variety of new anti-piracy features in retail and OEM versions of Windows 2000 Professional and the next service release of Office 2000. The company will ship these products with a hologram that covers the entire surface of the software. When tilted in the light, the hologram displays the product name and product-specific graphics. The graphics etched into the CD identify the appropriate Windows 2000-specific products, including Server, Advanced Server, Professional and Data Center. The visual also identifies the sales channel method, such as OEM, Retail Upgrade, Full Product or Academic.
Windows 2000 software distributed with new computers will also include a certificate of authenticity label. Retail versions of Windows 2000 will include a different version of the label on the spine of the retail box. Security features on the label include: a copper, holographic thread revealing the words "Microsoft" and "Genuine"; the product-specific name printed on the center of the label; a unique product code in the center of the label; and the Microsoft logo, which changes color between gold and silver when tilted in the light.
The Microsoft Office Registration Wizard will be included in the next service release of retail versions of Office 2000 in the U.S. to help prevent illegal installations of the software. Customers need to provide the name of the country in which they reside to receive an installation number that confirms registration. No personal information is required. If a customer prefers, he or she can register via e-mail, the Internet, postal mail, fax or telephone. This technology will not impact customers with a volume license agreement.