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Courts Stop MSFT Selling Old Windows in China

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

A Chinese court has stopped the sale of many versions of Microsoft Windows because of a violation of a licensing agreement.

Zhongyi Electronic claims that Microsoft has been using its Chinese fonts in versions of Windows dating back as far as Windows 95. While Microsoft obtained a license to use the fonts in Windows 95, Zhongyi says the company did not have permission to use them in subsequent versions including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows XP.

Naturally, Microsoft believes this is all one big misunderstanding and says it will be appealing the ruling. According to CNN, Microsoft has said it believes the agreement covers the company's use of the fonts.

The ruling does not affect Microsoft's newest OS, Windows 7, nor does it affect Windows Vista so in reality, this probably means very little for Microsoft in terms of sales. The company said Thursday that it doesn't expect product sales to be affected.

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    wildwell , November 19, 2009 3:57 PM
    Since when does China care about protecting intellectual property!?
    Hypocritical bullsh*ters!
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    JofaMang , November 19, 2009 4:06 PM
    They are just pissed that they can't get royalties from the pirate printing factories? I don't get it, but wildwell nailed it.
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    leafblower29 , November 19, 2009 3:50 PM
    Well China has a lot of piracy so I doubt for old windows versions it won't make a big difference.
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    leafblower29 , November 19, 2009 3:50 PM
    Well China has a lot of piracy so I doubt for old windows versions it won't make a big difference.
  • 23 Hide
    wildwell , November 19, 2009 3:57 PM
    Since when does China care about protecting intellectual property!?
    Hypocritical bullsh*ters!
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    JofaMang , November 19, 2009 4:06 PM
    They are just pissed that they can't get royalties from the pirate printing factories? I don't get it, but wildwell nailed it.
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    jerther , November 19, 2009 4:07 PM
    Quote:
    Weezer's Buddy Holly because it came bundled with Windows 95.

    HAHAHA! Yeah! I've watched this so many times :D  That and the other music video with that angry old woman that gets splashed by a car :p 

    "Good times, bad times every body get up!"
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    gpj , November 19, 2009 4:27 PM
    How can you copy protect "letters" from a language (which is essentially what a font is). The Chinese Government probably got the patent in Texas.
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    belardo , November 19, 2009 4:59 PM
    We are not all stupid in Texas.
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    azcoyote , November 19, 2009 5:19 PM
    China cares about IP!! If the IP is theirs and/or they get a chance to rape the Western world!

    CHINA = PURE EVIL
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    falchard , November 19, 2009 5:23 PM
    I think its Microsoft's attempt to make China stop buying Windows XP and move on to Windows 7. Its like "Hey we used your font in Windows '95, can you sue us for using your font in these Windows OS as well so we can stop selling them and not look like the bad guy?"
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2009 5:29 PM
    @Jerther:
    It's "Good times, bad times, give me some of that." The song is "Good Times" by Edie Brickell.

    Yeah, I used to think being able to watch videos on my PC like the ones on the Win95 CD was one of the greatest things since sliced bread. Of course the MPEG versions wouldn't even play until I upgraded my 486SX 25MHz with an Evergreen 133MHz in the co-processor slot XD
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    Gin Fushicho , November 19, 2009 5:52 PM
    Is it just me... or does it seem like all the big companies know how to do now a days is fuck up?
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2009 12:35 AM
    "and Weezer's Buddy Holly because it came bundled with Windows 95."

    Haha yeah I remember watching that. That was soo long ago.
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    arlandi , November 20, 2009 12:38 AM
    Weezer! Cool!
    i wonder what took Zhongyi Electronics a long time to sue? Windows 98 is like ages ago!!
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    WheelsOfConfusion , November 20, 2009 2:02 AM
    gpjHow can you copy protect "letters" from a language (which is essentially what a font is). The Chinese Government probably got the patent in Texas.

    You can copyright any font you create because fonts are a form of art. In fact it's a rather old and very lucrative business, and there are many companies entirely devoted to creating and licensing fonts. "Times New Roman" is copyrighted, for example.
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    ch42832n , November 20, 2009 6:44 AM
    China's count decision won't make a dent in MSFT profit because everyone is using bootleg copy of MS windows in China...