Microsoft Piracy Pleas Fall on Deaf Ears in China


Microsoft has asked China to crack down on pirated Office software used by four major state-run companies, according to Bloomberg.

Speaking to a government panel last month, Microsoft named China National Petroleum Corp., China Post Group, China Railway Construction Corp. and Travelsky Technology as serial users of pirated software. Microsoft alleged that 40 percent of Office and Windows server client software used by China National Petroleum — which according to Bloomberg is the parent of China’s most valuable company — is unlicensed, while 84 percent of China Railway Construction’s Office software is unlicensed.

A spokesman for China National Petroleum said the company hadn’t heard about Microsoft’s complaints, which means he was either bluffing or China hadn’t taken Microsoft’s allegations all that seriously.

If these companies do indeed use pirated software, they wouldn’t be alone. In May, the Business Software Alliance published a report alleging that China has a US$9 billion illegal software market — compared to a $3 billion legal software market.

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