Microsoft, piracy, and independent media in Kyrgyzstan
Publisher: Committee to Protect Journalists
Date Written: 14/04/2010
Year Published: 2010
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX11811
Selective enforcement of alleged software infringement is being used with some frequency in the former Soviet republics as cover to harass independent media. Local law enforcement officials have been given broad powers, in the name of fighting piracy, to raid premises and seize hardware. For the most part, Western companies and governments have encouraged this broadening of powers.