Very recently (as recently as 23rd of March) there was a small event in Mexico. An independent computer builder and a Microsoff legal representative had a meeting at the Legal Direction of Mexico's National Institute of Author's Rights. Apparently Microsoft wanted to make a statement specifying that they could take any legal action Microsoft considered pertinent given the builder's lack of a Microsoft certificate of authenticity or original license included along with a computer built/sold by the independent builder. The builder states that given that they sell their computers with Free Software instead of Windows, the software has licenses and that Microsoft doesn't have anything to complain about given that they don't own copyrights for said software.
If it had been an isolated event, I'd have been tepted to consider this as just a case of a legal/marketing staff messing up but given Microsoft's attempts to equate selling computers without operating system to piracy in other parts of the world, I'm starting to wonder if this is a deliverate attempt to try to equate both in the public mind to spread a little FUD around Free Software?
I'll try to get in touch with the independent builder to see what they have to say. Mary-Jo Foley, is it possible that you take care of Microsoft to see what they have to say about it?