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.