Are you a victim of piracy? Reporting suspected violations when you encounter them can have a positive impact on the fight against piracy.
Read what the BSA and other industries have to say about piracy.
Learn how to avoid fake computer software. → Too Good To Be True?
Make sure you're reselling genuine Microsoft software
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:
U.S. Authorized Distributors
OEM Authorized Distributors
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
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
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
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 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
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.