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China promises tougher action on piracy

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2011 3:09 User comments (6)

China promises tougher action on piracy China has said it will do more to combat "rampant" violation of intellectual property rights throughout the country.
Since the government announced a crackdown on the activity in November, it has arrested over 4,000 individuals. It now says it will seek to impose tougher punishments to send a message. Ministry of Public Security's Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau director, Gao Feng, said his agency had uncovered over 2,000 cases, with a financial value of 2.3 billion yuan, or $384 million.

"On one hand they demonstrate the achievements we've made in cracking down on the violation of IPR, on the other hand it also indicates that IPR violation is still quite rampant and frequent," Gao said. "So we want to introduce heavier punishments."

The topic of intellectual property is likely to come up in a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Hu Jintao next week.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance estimates U.S. trade losses in China due to piracy hit $3.5 billion in 2009.

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6 user comments

111.1.2011 3:24

...I wonder if they ever thought of sending a message by removing all the pirated software from all the government computers. I probably own more legal windows licenses than the whole Chinese government.

211.1.2011 6:23

there goes all of china's cd/dvd sales.

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custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

311.1.2011 11:58

Once they completely take over it won't make any sense to pirate their own stuff...

Just my $0.02,


411.1.2011 12:03

I wonder if China might need to help but giving people the right to own stuff first? It seems strange to enforce laws on people when they live in a communist country where the state ultimately owns everything anyway. Hard for me to see where people have no sense of ownership you can charge them with piracy. I'd consider most common Chinese people consider they are not stealing anything as no one owns it but the state itself. Or what about the confused person that gets charged for piracy, "Mr. ???? you need to understand only the state has the right to steal, shame on you."

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511.1.2011 12:14

Hopefully they don't decapitate anyone they catch for breaking this law, the Chinese are a joke (when it comes to stuff like this)

611.1.2011 13:09

This just in..........."China promises to reduce their population"

Yeah........ummm..............not gonna happen just like what this article is about won't happen.

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