Friday, April 23, 2010

Shanghai Court Awards Microsoft 318,000 US dollar Damages For Copyright Infringement

Kathrin Hille wrote for the Financial Times that a Shanghai court ordered Dazhong Insurance, "a Shanghai-based insurer backed by Chinese state-owned and listed companies" to pay 318,000 US dollar to Microsoft for use of illegal copies of its software. The Global Times reported that the court was the Shanghai Pudong New Area District Court, read here.

Stan Abrams of China Hearsay has a lot to say about the case, he gives a disclaimer because there was limited information on a case that was just decided. "Even without details, I thought it was worth making a series of assumptions so I could discuss some general points. I undoubtedly made some incorrect assumptions about this specific case, so please keep that in mind." Mr Abrams' analysis is interesting as always, read here.

In August four men who ran the website Tomato Garden were given prison sentences and fines for distributing counterfeit Microsoft software. Read Chris Buckley's article for Reuters about it here.

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