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Microsoft's New Litigation as a Business Model

Hot on the heels of Microsoft suing Barnes & Noble for using open-source software in the Nook comes the latest in a spat of "WTF Microsoft?" moments:

Seattle Times


They are trying to get laws passed state by state, and are succeeding it seems. What does the law do?

Let's say a manufacturer in China uses a pirated copy of MS Excel in it's business. Microsoft can't easily sue or prosecute them because they're in China. So what do they want? The ability to sue any US company that does business with the Chinese company.