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Microsoft (MSFT) is accusing 4 state-owned Chinese firms of using pirated copies of its...

Microsoft (MSFT) is accusing 4 state-owned Chinese firms of using pirated copies of its software, and has asked the government to put an end to it. 84% of China Railway Construction's copies of Office are unlicensed, Microsoft alleges, as are 97% of its Windows Server copies. Rampant piracy has made it hard for Microsoft to profit from China, now the world's biggest PC market. The Business Software Alliance claims China's illegal software market is 3x the size of its legal software market.
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  • wigit5
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    No surprise here... if they could eliminate piracy MSFT would be rolling in even more cash.
    21 Sep 2012, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • mike mohr
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    On the other hand MSFT has hired more than 5000 employee in China.
    21 Sep 2012, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • tomoldfrt
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    Play with fire and you might get burned.
    21 Sep 2012, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    Right, Tom. MS had to know they were crawling into bed with a bunch of master pirate junkies when they threw in with China.
    21 Sep 2012, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I think countries are no different from companies... want to know how they operate, and how they will treat you. Look at how they treat their employees (insert People for countries).

     

    When I think this and apply to China, it's pretty obvious this would happen.
    21 Sep 2012, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • romilar
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    I wish it were otherwise MSFT,but alas,it isn't and it wont be.Even if you could instigate a change in China,it would be superficial and temporary.Strike a "sweetheart deal" with them and they will change and alter it,to suit themselves anytime they please.This is not China bashing,please.This is an observation of how they perceive opportunity.

     

    I think the Chinese business mind,is keenly focused on judging depth of greed and tolerance for loss in a potential partner.
    Consider how rarity is measured.Desired yet scarce and not easily produced...it's expensive.The largest deposit of the most renewable resource on the planet,is in China...it's cheap.I speak of human beings. "Together,as partners,we will accomplish our goals." Chinese version - Whats mine is mine and most of whats yours soon will be."
    21 Sep 2012, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • jimdart
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    Stop producing Chinese versions of MS products.
    21 Sep 2012, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • dave staggs
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    "84% of China Railway Construction's copies of Office are unlicensed, Microsoft alleges, as are 97% of its Windows Server copies."

     

    I suspect that is not a good return on investment. I tend to agree with you jimdart, either stop producing Chinese versions, or charge the hell out of them. Microsoft needs to get some actuaries on this to determine what a price should be much like insurance.

     

    I am sure no one is suprised about the amount of piracy is going on out there.
    23 Sep 2012, 05:59 AM Reply Like
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