Protecting the System

Working in the U.S., it's easy to take the independence of the judiciary for granted. It's easy to forget its huge impact on our everyday lives. Sometimes it takes a strong dose of international perspective to open our eyes--both to big problems elsewhere and to growing problems here at home.

Because software piracy and counterfeiting are so widespread, work in the courts is a global preoccupation for many lawyers at Microsoft. In a typical year we file more than 4,000 such lawsuits in about 70 countries. This gives us a window on how the judiciary is working around the world.

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Brad Smith

Brad Smith has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the web consumer, enterprise software and communication service provider industries, spanning sales and marketing, product...

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