China Says Microsoft Violates IP With Windows, Bars Sales

from the well,-look-at-that dept

For years, Microsoft has been among the loudest complainers concerning "piracy" in China, so it's a bit of a surprise to see things switched around a bit. Mesanna was the first of a few to alert us that a Chinese court has found Microsoft guilty of violating the intellectual property of a local firm, Zhongyi Electronics, and demanded that the company cease selling Windows XP throughout China. The issue is the Chinese character fonts. According to Zhongyi, Microsoft licensed them for Windows 95, but not other versions. Microsoft, of course, insists that it is not infringing, and says it will appeal the ruling.

Still, with this ruling, as well as the recent attack on Google for violating copyright in China, it makes you wonder if China is doing this in an attempt to show American firms what might happen if they actually get what they "want" in terms of stronger copyright enforcement in China.
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Filed Under: china, ip. copyright, software, windows
Companies: microsoft, zhongyi


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  1. icon
    davidclark (profile), 23 Nov 2009 @ 12:36pm

    China and The IT World.

    F ** k China. Here's why; They're f**king us, and I don't mean the US - us, the rest of the world, the planet. So now THEY'RE " parsing code " to suit themselves.

    It's been estimated that less than 15% of all software in China is legal, licensed code. Do the math - that means 85 percent is STOLEN. Now everyone one of us in the business probably has at least one piece of copied software, but we ain't selling it. There are businesses in China and India which sell ONLY illegal, pirated software . Even the damn packaging is counterfeit.Chineese political control and slight-of-hand manipulation over labor,accounting and marketing practices make FAIR competetion and legitimate business opportunities impossible.
    China is sucking the planet dry. Just here in the US, we have lost MILLIONS of jobs to China, all in the name of free trade and it's a crock. Me? I becoming more of a protectionist every day. Ever wonder to what the affect Chinese pirating has on other people's livelihoods? How about where you live and work? How about you personally?

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