Microsoft said it will donate all proceeds from damage awards that are
awarded by the courts to various charitable organizations. Initially, Microsoft
is donating $500,000 in cash to three southern California-based charities.
The money was awarded to Microsoft by juries who found a number of companies
guilty of pirating Microsoft software. Microsoft expects to receive more than $5
million in such damage awards in several dozen current copyright infringement
cases. The money will be divided among Team TECH Los Angeles, Computer Hope and
Second Byte Foundation. All help to provide computers and training to
underprivileged people in the Los Angeles area.