La Cina intenzionata a combattere la pirateria informatica

La Cina e la contraffazione vanno mano nella mano ed il tasso di pirateria nel paese asiatico è incredibilmente alto, ma recentemente il Governo ha introdotto misure per cercare di combatterla. Cosi, 11 persone sono state arrestate che, a detta di Microsoft, facevano parte della “più grande organizzazione mondiale per la contraffazione di software.” Segue l’articolo in inglese

China and counterfeiting go hand-in-hand like the couple that’s been together since kindergarten. The piracy rate in the country is absurdly high, but the government has taken steps to slowly cut it down. Most recently, the country sentenced 11 ringleaders of what Microsoft is calling “the world’s largest software counterfeiting syndicate.” They were arrested in July 2007 following an international investigation led by China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) and the FBI.

The 11 accused were sentenced to jail for periods ranging from 1.5 to 6.5 years depending on their participation in the syndicate that manufactured and distributed more than an estimated $2 billion worth of counterfeit Microsoft software.

The fake software was high quality, meaning it was hard to distinguish from the real thing, was found in 36 countries, spanned 19 products, and was produced in at least 11 languages. Naturally, Microsoft was happy with China’s move: “Microsoft greatly appreciates the work of China’s PSB and the FBI in taking strong enforcement action against this global software counterfeiting syndicate,” said David Finn, associate general counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft.

The software giant emphasized that its piracy reporting tool was essential in tracking down and sentencing this particular criminal syndicate. Tens of thousands of customers identified the software they were using as fake and more than 100 Microsoft resellers helped trace the counterfeit software and provided physical evidence (e-mail messages, invoices, and payment slips) to help build the case.

By Emil Protalinski | Published January 02, 2009


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