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Chinese police, Microsoft and the U.S. FBI helped bust a major Chinese piracy ring

A multi-year investigation by Chinese police investigators and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation led to the dismantling of a piracy ring responsible for pirating and distributing up to $2 billion of software.  The two-year investigation led to the demise of two criminal organizations - located in Shanghai and Shenzhen - and included up to 25 arrests according to officials from both nations.  Police found pirated software valued at $500 million after conducting the raid in Shenzhen.

Using information provided by the FBI Los Angeles bureau and Microsoft, the China Public Security Bureau (PSB) was finally able to target sources responsible for pirating large amounts of software from companies such as Microsoft and Symantec.

During the investigation, authorities were able to track more than 50,000 copies of software which was considered "sophisticated-quality."  As many as 290,000 counterfeit software CDs were also confiscated during the raids in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

"This case represents a milestone in the fight against software piracy - governments, law enforcement agencies and private companies working together with customers and software resellers to break up a massive international counterfeiting ring," said Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel and senior vice president.  "This case should serve as a wake-up call to counterfeiters," he added.

The FBI reported that it believes the majority of the software (70 percent) was distributed to users in the United States, while the remaining pirated goods went to countries like Canada, the U.K., Australia and Japan.

The China PSB continues to be engaged in a long but tiresome battle against piracy, as China remains the leading source of pirated goods in the world.  The Business Software Alliance reported that 82 percent of software used in China is likely pirated.



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By Das Capitolin on 7/25/2007 10:23:01 AM , Rating: 4
Considering that Shenzhen is a 10-million+ population experiment in capitolism, and that just about everything that can contribute to capitolism (legal or otherwise) is allowed, it really surprises me that China bothered with this at all.

On the reverse side of this position is the fact that it took Microsoft, the FBI, and Chinese police many years to act on the information. Too bad this is the absolute "best case" scenario.




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