Software piracy is the mislicensing, unauthorized reproduction and illegal distribution of software, whether for business or personal use. Protect your customers from the risks of software piracy with helpful tips how to identify counterfeit or other misuse of software.

  • Make sure you're reselling genuine Microsoft software

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  • It is important to acquire Microsoft software products from a Microsoft Authorized Distributor. Microsoft has developed lists of authorized distributors to help eliminate the risk of acquiring non-genuine software from unauthorized distributors:

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  • U.S. Authorized Distributors

    OEM Authorized Distributors

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  • If you are not sure about the status of a certain distributor, Microsoft recommends that you contact the software publisher directly. A good rule of thumb is if a quoted price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Know your licensing options

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  • As a reseller, it is important to understand the licensing options, requirements and agreement specifications for all software license types to ensure that you and your customers are fully informed and in compliance with the law.

  • Special resources for OEMs

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  • For resellers that build PC systems, the OEM System Builder Program provides a range of special OEM resources-including OEM beta and evaluation products, technical training and support. Register at the OEM System Builder site, or call (800) 325-1233.

  • Microsoft for Partners Site

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  • For information about computer-related products and/or services for Value Added Providers (VAPs), the Microsoft for Partners site offers key resources-including free online technical support (connect charges may apply), community news groups, and information on training, piracy and licensing.

  • Report Piracy

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  • Report software piracy and help protect your customers and honest resellers like yourself. Make sure you obtain and distribute legal, authorized product licenses in their original packaging. If the packaging looks suspicious you've most likely acquired counterfeit product.

  • Customer Support Desk

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  • Microsoft's Customer Support Desk assists corporate and academic customers in their efforts to procure genuine software. Contact the Customer Support Desk by calling 1-800-RU-LEGIT.