Microsoft, Autodesk sue Chinese company over pirated software

Microsoft, Autodesk sue Chinese company over pirated software

Summary: The two U.S. IT vendors are bringing an unnamed Chinese company to court in Foshan, Guangdong, for software piracy and demanding 8 million RMB (US$1.2 million) in damages.

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TOPICS: Piracy, Legal, China
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Microsoft and Autodesk are suing an unnamed Chinese company for piracy and demanding 8 million RMB (US$1.2 million) as compensation.

A legaildaily.com.cn report Tuesday said a court in Foshan City in the Guangdong province announced legal proceedings initiated by Microsoft and Autodesk over copyright infringement had begun. Both companies alleged the unnamed Chinese company was using various pirated versions of Microsoft Windows desktop operating system (OS), Microsoft Windows Server OS, Microsoft Office, and Autocad software.

Microsoft was unable to name the Chinese company in the lawsuit as it does not comment on ongoing litigation.

The Chinese company was found to operate more than 100 computers and servers with installed pirated software by Microsoft and Autodesk. However, it said it did not willfully infringe the copyright of both companies as the software were preinstalled by the seller of the equipment and considered as part of the "after-sales support".

The U.S. vendors argued the Chinese company was looking to profit from using the pirated software. The Chinese company had published a job advertisement looking for candidates with skills in Windows, Office, and CAD, which proved the software were not covered under "fair use", they added.

Piracy is widely regarded to be rampant in China, but the government recently launched various campaigns to stamp out copyright infringement. In mid-November, a Chinese official said the country's poor IP (intellectual property) protection image had been "distorted" by Western media which did not take into consideration the government's effots to combat piracy.

Microsoft also has been ramping up its effort to combat software piracy. However, an analyst believed Redmond's anti-piracy moves were not simply an attempt to recoup its losses but were part of a wider marketing strategy the vendor had rolled out in China.

Topics: Piracy, Legal, China

Liau Yun Qing

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  • Funny how US firms

    have to "prove" that Chinese firms and/or citizens are using/benefiting/producing/copying software and or pirated software. Everyone who knows a nickels worth of history knows that China is (in)famous for it's piracy legacy. Since China has become the 800lb gorilla in the small room, no one wants to rouse it. Call a thief a thief-punish the same and push the same to either shape up or continue to have it's past infractions/blind eye moments ignored......
    Charles_B
  • That is hysterical... LOL

    "Piracy is widely regarded to be rampant in China, but the government recently launched various campaigns to stamp out copyright infringement. In mid-November, a Chinese official said the country's poor IP (intellectual property) protection image had been "distorted" by Western media which did not take into consideration the government's effots to combat piracy."

    China.. Where you can buy several knock offs of anything and everything on any street corner... Where you can get a copy of any Hollywood movie before it's released in theaters in the US. Where they went so far as to counterfiet retail stores from Apple... Yeah... The Western Media is to blame... Cuz if they didn't expose it, no one would know...
    i8thecat4