I was just wandering aimlessly on the Microsoft website, when I stumbled on the “Counterfeit Galleries“!
This is where Microsoft puts pictures of counterfeit software that they’ve seized recently. It includes shots of fake software CD’s, packaging and Certificates of Authenticity (COA’s).
There is also a “Rogues Gallery“, where the post examples of rogues who sell counterfeit Microsoft software.
I remember the times when pirated copies could be easily identified, they were just ‘copies’ made on ordinary blank CD-Rs in the original CD-R packaging, with handwritten labels or simple black & white labels printed in the Times font.
Its interesting to note how software piracy has matured over the years. Some of the packaging and COA’s that pirates use is actually professional and genuine-looking!