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Microsoft Sues STB Maker for Software Piracy

National Business Daily, 1/14/09

Microsoft has filed legal proceedings against Chinese digital television set-top box (STB) OEM and ODM Shanghai DareGlobal Info Tech on charges of software piracy concerning the installation and use of multiple pirated versions of Microsoft software. The complaint was filed in Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court, and requests the deletion of all unauthorized Microsoft software as well as economic compensation of more than RMB 470,000.

According to Microsoft, an official at the Shanghai Copyright Bureau had previously inspected computers and servers at DareGlobal's operating premises and found that the company was using pirated versions of Microsoft software including illegal copies of Windows XP and Office 2000.

DareGlobal admitted in court to the use of pirated software, but stated that it has purchased genuine copies and will gradually update its systems, and seeing as it has corrected its previous mistake, there is no need for Microsoft to seek damages.

Keywords: DareGlobal law litigation IPR infringement Microsoft piracy set-top box Shanghai Copyright Bureau Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People software Windows XP contract manufacturer DTV

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