Microsoft anti-piracy tactic has many Chinese angry

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - A new anti-piracy tactic by Microsoft has some Chinese consumers seeing red over their black screens.

The program turns illegal software users' screens black. The move has angered some legal users of the software.

A Beijing lawyer has filed a complaint against Microsoft saying "it's not fair" the black-screen plan implies that Microsoft can hack all its users, not just the pirates.

Microsoft is defending its actions, saying the company complies with Chinese law. It is also offering steep discounts on some software to give consumers an affordable legal alternative.

The tool has been in use for several years but this most recent version the blacked out screen reappears every 60 minutes with a piracy warning.

The tool searches for pirated copies of Windows and is part of the XP and Vista operating systems.