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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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RE: a long way to go
By ChipDude on 7/25/2007 11:18:28 AM , Rating: -1
You got that right!

Its in their DNA, anything for a buck!

Things are a bit different these days in China then a few years back. All the pirate stuff is still easily found. In downtown Shanghai just ask any Chinese teenager hanging around old town. They will take you into the back alley to a air-conditioned room with the latest movies, software, watches, designer bags, clothes. Its all still there.

At night right outside of my 5 star hotel you can find a guy on a bike selling movies released only last week from the USA. These days he is on a mobile bike ready to move to the next street corner when the police come. Two years ago he was more permanent.

To change piracy in China will require a 10 year intense effort from the Chinese goverment. The increased effort these days is only because of external pressure. Internally I think they care not.


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