Microsoft claims $5.7m from Shanghai retailer

Microsoft claims $5.7m from Shanghai retailer

Summary: Microsoft has won £3.6 million ($5.7m) in a Chinese court case in the latest crackdown on copyright infringers.

TOPICS: Microsoft, Legal, China
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Microsoft has won £3.6 million ($5.7m) in a court case brought against Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology, who has agreed to pay 36 million yuan to the Redmond giant.

According to The Register, Microsoft took the Shanghai-based firm to task over allegedly selling illegal copies of Microsoft software without permission, which resulted in Ruichang president Han Meng and VP Han Hong facing accusations of copyright infringement in front of a judge.

The links to illegal copies of Microsoft software, present on the Chinese firm's website, received over 11 million downloads in conjunction with the sale of close to 1.3 million physical copies of pirate software, according to the publication.

Microsoft originally aimed for a compensation level close to £10 million from Ruichuang, but has settled for £3.6 million pounds.

The Asian firm has posted an apology notice on the 2345 website portal, stating that the firm "expresses profound apologies" to Microsoft after it infringed computer software copyright terms, and acknowledge it cost Redmond "huge economic losses and the impairment of goodwill." In addition, compensation "is hardly enough" to make up for Microsoft's economic loss, but Ruichuang promises to "fully respect Microsoft's intellectual property rights, including computer software copyright," in the future.

Microsoft has been battling copyright infringement in China for years. Recently, the technology giant won a case in a Beijing court against two Chinese firms for infringing the Microsoft Windows, Office, and SQL Server product copyright, and received CN¥3.18 million ($510,000) in compensation. However, one analyst believes court action in China may not only serve to protect the firm's products, but may be a clever marketing ploy to increase sales.

Topics: Microsoft, Legal, China

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  • More Power To Them

    Anything that cuts into MS profits is OK by me............ I've wrestled with their crappy operating systems since 1982 when MS Dos came out.............. I have ZERO SYMPATHY for the company which built it's fortune by rip offs and hardball tactics. NONE at all!!
    • Amen to that!

      I hope they pay microsoft in nickles like Samsung paid Apple, or better yet truckloads of of mixed coins. I guess it is a question of who's more crooked, just like the bank robers with a few thousand vs. the bankers who ripped off billions from millions of people. Microsoft forced their crap software down our throats for years & are now making it harder for us to ditch it in favour of other options.
      Omar Spence