December 31, 2008 12:10 PM PST

Chinese court convicts 11 in software piracy ring

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Microsoft applauds the sentences, saying they are the stiffest ever in this type of Chinese copyright infringement case.
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It's not enough. That's a drop in the bucket of their 80% or more piracy.
Posted by Seaspray0 (9714 comments )
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Actually, it's MORE than enough. If Microsoft and the other comapnies would get real and get smart, and start selling their products for a REASONABLE price and REAZSONABLE profit..... there wouldn't be any problems with piracy, except with things that you cannot get in some countries, like some Japanese hentai games.
Posted by Lerianis (1210 comments )
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6 and a half years is all the maximum penalty was? Wow. No wonder it's so profitable to pirate content in China. That's nothing for a prison sentence.

I don't see this is any sort of deterrant at all, and in fact only promotes that it's an easy crime.
Posted by Vegaman_Dan (6683 comments )
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You are kidding right? In the US, you can kill someone and get out before 6 years... It's definitely a step in the right direction
Posted by wlau (75 comments )
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11 down.... 3,294, 738,119 people left to go!
Posted by sflocal (862 comments )
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wasnt it bill gates that said something along the lines of 'if people are going to pirate software we prefer they pirate our software'?

>software can be purchased for as little as $3.
take that away and you'll be driving a whole lot of people toward linux. then again, with the Chinese government's backdoor Red Flag distro, they might be planning something sinister.
Posted by shootthecops (174 comments )
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wasnt it bill gates that said something along the lines of 'if people are going to pirate software we prefer they pirate our software'?

>software can be purchased for as little as $3.
take that away and you'll be driving a whole lot of people toward linux. then again, with the Chinese government's backdoor Red Flag distro, they might be planning something sinister.
Posted by shootthecops (174 comments )
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As little as three dollars? BWAHAHAHAHAAHA! That has to be the funniest LIE that I have ever seen.
Posted by Lerianis (1210 comments )
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the quote is from the article and it refers to pirated software, genius
Posted by shootthecops (174 comments )
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You didn't make that clear, genius. I thought you were saying that the ACTUAL software that Microsoft sells could be gotten for 3 dollars.... I knew that was a big lie.
Posted by Lerianis (1210 comments )
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What a pity it was not IBM's OS/2 Warp they were counterfeiting....but then, anyone can have "Linux" for free!!!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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What a pity it was not IBM's OS/2 Warp they were counterfeiting....but then again, anyone in the world can have "Linux" for free!!!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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Why would you have Linux when windows is out there for cheaper.
Posted by anhtney (35 comments )
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Let me get this straight...

Microsoft (a company that has been repeatedly found guilty of, knowingly, violating the law, time, after time, after time (and thereby, seriously harming consumers, and other software companies)... all around the world... applauds harsh sentences for "software pirates". And, Microsofts, most rabid defenders, scream that SIX YEARS IN A CHINESE PRISON, just isnt enough..?

Oh, brother..!

But then, I also remember reading an officially-published opinion piece from one Microsoft-executive that bluntly stated that, in his opinion, "software pirates" actually being physically-maimed, or even killed, wasnt too extreme. Even worse, when you consider that Microsoft frequently defines "piracy", in some cases, as people that simply didnt rigidly obey Microsofts, arbitrary and capricious, EULAS, quite closely enough.

Commercial copyright-infringement is certainly very, very, wrong... but, Microsoft as a moral-authority..?

Can you say; arrogant, self-serving, hypocritical, corruption..?
Posted by Gayle Edwards (262 comments )
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Excuse me, but I am a "Microsoft rabid defender" and I think these sentences are overkill. 6 months, at most.
The Chinese government should also start telling Microsoft "YOUR PRODUCTS ARE OVERPRICED EVEN OVER HERE!" (sings the stuff in quotes).
Posted by Lerianis (1210 comments )
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So if 6 years seems quite low to you....then the U.S. penalty of UP TO 5 YEARS AND $250,000 FINE must really tick you off. Sounds to me like the Chinese penalty is much worse given their prisons really are prisons and the U.S. prisons are a joke.
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