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China State-Owned Enterprises Now Have to Stop Pirating

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It has taken some time, but the Chinese government recently confirmed and guaranteed that state-owned businesses will use only legal software, including operating systems and office suites.

The statement referred to enterprises that operate under the authority of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, as well as central state-owned enterprises that are directly supervised by the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

In a meeting with the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) the Chinese government promised to "develop a Judicial Interpretation" for the Supreme People’s Court, making clear that "those who facilitate online infringement will be jointly liable for such infringement."

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) had lobbied for such an agreement for several years and was unsurprisingly happy about this move: "We’re glad China has made clear it is committed to curbing illegal software use in its state-owned enterprises," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman in a prepared statement. "Piracy has been a persistent problem throughout the Chinese economy, but this represents a real opportunity to start bringing it under control. State-owned enterprises account for a huge share of China’s industrial output. More effectively upholding intellectual property laws in that sector will make a big difference. But the challenge will be effectively verifying compliance."

The BSA said that the commercial value of software piracy in China was $8.9 billion in 2011.

 

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    halcyon , December 26, 2012 4:27 PM
    The Chinese moving in the right direction as far as IP? What's the world coming to?
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    SirGCal , December 26, 2012 4:26 PM
    How come, to me that feels like the drug user saying 'Ohh yes, I'll clean up... Yes sir-ie. I'll head on over to rehab right now...'

    Maybe it's just me... /shrug...
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    NuclearShadow , December 26, 2012 4:46 PM
    SirGCalHow come, to me that feels like the drug user saying 'Ohh yes, I'll clean up... Yes sir-ie. I'll head on over to rehab right now...'Maybe it's just me... /shrug...


    One of the best ways to use government power for personal use is to set up businesses for certain success due to deals with the government. By ensuring a hefty profit you can then turn around and invest into the company and make tons of money while in office. Plus you can always expect the company to "pay it's respects" to you later on if they happen to be sending their lobbyists. I'm sure China is no exception to this and dances the same corruption dance.


    Oh and vote for NuclearShadow for the Senate in 2018 if you happen to live in Connecticut. I won't do any of the corruption but don't expect me to do my job either. I am starting the Procrastination party. Changing America today!.... or maybe tomorrow.
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  • 12 Hide
    SirGCal , December 26, 2012 4:26 PM
    How come, to me that feels like the drug user saying 'Ohh yes, I'll clean up... Yes sir-ie. I'll head on over to rehab right now...'

    Maybe it's just me... /shrug...
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    halcyon , December 26, 2012 4:27 PM
    The Chinese moving in the right direction as far as IP? What's the world coming to?
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    DAK_59 , December 26, 2012 4:36 PM
    Again?
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    NuclearShadow , December 26, 2012 4:46 PM
    SirGCalHow come, to me that feels like the drug user saying 'Ohh yes, I'll clean up... Yes sir-ie. I'll head on over to rehab right now...'Maybe it's just me... /shrug...


    One of the best ways to use government power for personal use is to set up businesses for certain success due to deals with the government. By ensuring a hefty profit you can then turn around and invest into the company and make tons of money while in office. Plus you can always expect the company to "pay it's respects" to you later on if they happen to be sending their lobbyists. I'm sure China is no exception to this and dances the same corruption dance.


    Oh and vote for NuclearShadow for the Senate in 2018 if you happen to live in Connecticut. I won't do any of the corruption but don't expect me to do my job either. I am starting the Procrastination party. Changing America today!.... or maybe tomorrow.
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    Tanquen , December 26, 2012 4:57 PM
    Now that they are making software and other IP on a larger scale. How Shocking! A few games I have like Alice: Madness Returns were made in China. Makes me want to set up a free torrent site just for stuff made in China and promise to shut it down for the next 30 years.

    We need large tariffs on stuff made in slave labor states. All that Wal-Mart garbage would cost as much or more than the old better made US/Mexico/Canada stuff if they could not just steal the IP, had to pay a fair wage, provide real health care and not totally destroy the local environment.
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    jhansonxi , December 26, 2012 5:05 PM
    NuclearShadowOh and vote for NuclearShadow for the Senate in 2018 if you happen to live in Connecticut. I won't do any of the corruption but don't expect me to do my job either. I am starting the Procrastination party. Changing America today!.... or maybe tomorrow.
    I'm impressed with your candor! I'd vote for you but I'm not in CT. :( 
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    jonjonjon , December 26, 2012 5:15 PM
    does anyone really believe anything will actually change? i'm sure this is just some PR move.
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    danielravennest , December 26, 2012 5:38 PM
    They can just switch to "Red Flag Linux" (assembled in China) rather than pay the Microsoft tax.
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    tourist , December 26, 2012 5:48 PM
    China agreed to it because they already have been freely distributing there own os named "Kylin"

    Of course it has all the appropriate back doors so the gov can spy and censor who ever they see fit.

    http://forums.freebsd.org/archive/index.php/t-4110.html



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    ceh4702 , December 26, 2012 6:11 PM
    If this was Microsoft the EU would be assessing a 200 million $$ fine. Ban them from all computer and software sales for 10 years.

    Dont allow them to sell the Lenovo Brand.
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    elbert , December 26, 2012 6:59 PM
    How many jobs did M$ have to outsource to make this possible? I think 1000 new staffers may be the price.
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    The_Trutherizer , December 26, 2012 7:50 PM
    Approved! Hopefully software prices will drop a bit. If not then... Whatever..
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    robochump , December 26, 2012 9:36 PM
    If not then the Chinese mobile Death Sentence truck will pull up and round up those illegal software users!!! Muahaha!!!
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    groundrat , December 26, 2012 11:41 PM
    It means nothing. Chinese governement will simply publish a Chinese license for whatever software they have pirated.

    China demanded, and got, the SOURCE CODE for everything that passed through their borders.

    That’s why the Chinese government teams are so good at zero day exploits. They won’t give up a competitive advantage. Any other read on this is wishful thinking.

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    alidan , December 26, 2012 11:48 PM
    SirGCalHow come, to me that feels like the drug user saying 'Ohh yes, I'll clean up... Yes sir-ie. I'll head on over to rehab right now...'Maybe it's just me... /shrug...


    only a moron gets addicted to their own stash.
    china wants to look better, and from what i hear they are making serious strides to reform.
    over all i think its a great thing, and is something microsoft was banking on sense windows 95 or 98
    they more or less said they encouraging piracy, because one day they will figure out how to charge them, and when they do, they would have them by the balls, pay day.

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    iamtheking123 , December 27, 2012 1:14 AM
    Quote:
    only a moron gets addicted to their own stash.
    china wants to look better, and from what i hear they are making serious strides to reform.
    over all i think its a great thing, and is something microsoft was banking on sense windows 95 or 98
    they more or less said they encouraging piracy, because one day they will figure out how to charge them, and when they do, they would have them by the balls, pay day.

    The problem with China is they bullshit about everything. "Oh we're going to let our currency float more freely"....to them fulfilling that promise means letting it move .0001%. It's STILL 6 yuan to 1 usd 3 years and one recession later. So when they say they're going to curb piracy they probably won't do crap.
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    alidan , December 27, 2012 3:34 AM
    Quote:
    The problem with China is they bullshit about everything. "Oh we're going to let our currency float more freely"....to them fulfilling that promise means letting it move .0001%. It's STILL 6 yuan to 1 usd 3 years and one recession later. So when they say they're going to curb piracy they probably won't do crap.


    well, they either had a fairly big slip in censorship, or are making changes for the better, because they recently showed V for vendetta on their air waves.

    i kind of believe that they are making the change for the better, or at least attempting to.
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    madjimms , December 27, 2012 4:31 AM
    People sure do love to bash China....
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    JonnyDough , December 27, 2012 4:33 AM
    touristChina agreed to it because they already have been freely distributing there own os named "Kylin"Of course it has all the appropriate back doors so the gov can spy and censor who ever they see fit.http://forums.freebsd.org/archive/ [...] -4110.html


    Yep. Piracy in China will be slowing down. But nobody said they'd be using American software.
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    halcyon , December 27, 2012 5:20 AM
    MadjimmsPeople sure do love to bash China....

    Too many seriously beautiful AND intelligent women.
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