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.