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China to search government computers for counterfeit software

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 01 Dec 2010 13:57 User comments (4)

China to search government computers for counterfeit software The Chinese government has announced that it will inspect computers owned by central and local government authorities for any pirated software that is being used.
The inspection is part of a new push by the Chinese government to tackle rampant software piracy in the country. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) estimated in 2009 that 79 percent of all software used on computers in the country was pirated.

Microsoft also said it has filed a lawsuit against 10 companies in China for selling computers with pirated versions of its Windows operating system and other products pre-installed. "Computers pre-installed with unauthorized software have always been a core problem for the software industry that must be resolved," said Microsoft China's intellectual property general manager, Yu Weidong, in a statement.

The U.S. company has been a major victim of piracy in the country but has been having some success using the Chinese legal system to fight back.

The Chinese government's fight agaisnt software piracy goes back years. In 2006, authorities issued a notice requiring government departments to only buy computers that have legitimate software pre-installed. "They have taken these kinds of steps before. My impression is that this time it's more comprehensive," said Christian Murck, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He did say however that the move wasn't transparent since it was conducted by the government, within the government.

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4 user comments

11.12.2010 18:03

Imagine how many copies of photoshop are being used illegally all over the world. I don't know a person who has actually paid for it. I'll stick with anyway.

22.12.2010 4:05

I have photoshop.

On another note are the chinese government departments gonna use there own funds to prosecute each other I think not.

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32.12.2010 11:30

I wouldn't want photoshop.. it's overrated and way too complicated and bloated.

ARR! Them pesky Navy! Get out of my sea!

44.12.2010 13:41

Originally posted by ps355528:
I wouldn't want photoshop.. it's overrated and way too complicated and bloated.
Well then it is not for you. Not everyone has your simple needs. That is why they can sell it for all that money. If you actually need to perform many of the tasks you feel are superfluous then you need it. I was forced to purchase the latest version because my old one was less bloated. It is that or turn down business.

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