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No Pirates on Windows 10?

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Microsoft updated their Windows 10 End User License Agreement last week, and now many people who download software illegally are freaking out.

Section 7B of the EULA says:

"We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices."

Some people think this means that pirated software will not be allowed to run on Windows 10 at all.  Since many hardcore gamers use Windows PCs, which tend to be better gaming machines than Macs, and game piracy is rampant despite services like Steam using DRM to protect games.  Some torrent websites, where people can download illegal software, began blocking Windows 10 users just to be safe.

There has been speculation, however, that the EULA only refers to Microsoft services, not everything on the computer.  This would make sense, as it would protect Xbox games (which can be streamed to a PC from an Xbox One game console) and apps from the Windows store.

Whether the EULA is intended to encompass ANY pirated software or only pirated Microsoft software has not been clarified.  

Piracy does remain an issue though.  A report from 2013 by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada estimated that as many as 20% of games worldwide are pirated, running the gamut from kid games to the latest installment of Call of Duty.