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Microsoft beats the pirates in China

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From the back pages of the Washington Post:  this story about the sentencing of a gang selling $2 billion of counterfeit Microsoft software in Guangdong.

This 2007 Fortune article details Microsoft’s comeback in China earlier this decade, through, among other things, the establishment of a research center, support for development initiatives, and consultation with Chinese officials to guide investment in local companies. In turn, the Chinese government began to back and enforce anti-piracy measures. This is a decent turn of events for Microsoft:  I can attest to the fact that just a decade ago, you could purchase pirated copies of Windows or Office for a few bucks in Hong Kong.

The quid-pro-quo between a company’s market success and its support for development initiatives is also playing out in Saudi Arabia, with Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei. It’ll be interesting to watch how efforts like these compare to those mediated by the U.S. government, like the Bush Administration’s Digital Freedom Initiative.

Written by Mark

January 8, 2009 at 1:52 am

Posted in Business & Economy

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