"Microsoft" is like these...
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According to http://www.msversus.org/business-software-alliance-bsa.html
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is MicrosoftÂ®'s license enforcement and lobbying arm. This organization, which has some significant influence with the U.S. government and European Union, has an office in Washington, D.C. The Business Software Alliance lobbies for legislation which limits the rights of software users, such as the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act to make file sharing networks illegal even if used to share files whose copyright allows such distribution. The BSA also supports extreme pro-software patent positions.
Posted February 28, 2003, on Slashdot.org:
At a friends business, the BSA asked to search the premise. They told them that they only ran Linux and no, the BSA was not allowed. The FBI came that afternoon with a warrent and took the equipment. All of it. 3 computers, keyboards, monitors, 2 printers, a network switch, cable modem, speakers, CDs, and DVDs (all commercial movies and music). They still have it after nearly a year. They will search it and return it WHEN they feel like it. The FBI has not filed charges. Somebody told me that they can hold it for 5 years. Somehow, i find that hard to believe, but who knows in this day and age. I do know that when they call the FBI, that they say that it will be returned when they are done examining the evidence.