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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Loses Ground in China After Its Intimidation

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Chinese software industry sees opportunity in Microsoft's anti-piracy move

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| When Microsoft noticed 'misunderstandings' among the Chinese public over 
| its 'black screen' move to crack down on piracy, the country's domestic 
| software industry saw opportunity and couldn't wait to embrace it.  


Chinese Strike Back at Microsoft for Anti-Piracy Measures

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| "Microsoft has no right to judge whether the installed software is pirated or 
| not. It has no right to penalize users by intruding on their computers," Liu, 
| a man one man who is suing Microsoft, told the Xinhua News Agency.  


Lawsuit ramps up pressure over Microsoft's "black screen" anti-piracy move

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| Public pressure on Microsoft over its controversial anti-piracy campaign in 
| China has been stepped up with news that a Beijing man is taking the software 
| giant to court to uphold the principle of the integrity of his computer.  


Microsoft anti-piracy move irks Chinese official

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| A top Chinese copyright official chided Microsoft for launching an 
| anti-piracy tool that nags users of counterfeit software with a black 
| computer screen and said the company's prices were too high.  


Microsoft Tests Chinese Law On Piracy

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| But scrutiny centered on how Microsoft folded the anti-piracy program into an 
| automatic update that was sent to users who opt to receive updates through 
| Windows or Microsoft Update. Microsoft can "get into trouble for bundling," 
| Dickinson said. Dong told the English-language China Daily that "Microsoft 
| uses its monopoly to bundle its updates with the validation programs." This 
| bundling issue is also the subject of a pending U.S. lawsuit, brought in 2006 
| when Microsoft packaged a similar anti-piracy program with a security update 
| for U.S. users. A public relations officer for Microsoft stressed Wednesday 
| that users can reject an automatic update before it is installed on their  
| computers.        


Hopefully, Microsoft will ran after the counterfeiters more often.


China's Evermore Office suite takes off

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| Evermore attributes the increased consumer interest in its office
| productivity offering to a backlash against Microsoft's aggressive "black
| screen" anti-piracy feature that the company launched on October 21st.
| [...]
| Evermore Office 2009 reportedly sells to individual users for US$99, which is
| much less than the cost of Microsoft Office.
| Then again, Open Office 3.0 implements the Open Document Format (ODF)
| international standard, has both simplified and traditional Chinese language
| versions, runs under either Windows or Linux, and is available for download
| free of charge.


Chinese copyright cops diss Windows Nagware

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| Now, vice-director of China's National Copyright Administration, Yan Xiaohong
| has cast aired doubts over Microsoft tactics.


Microsoft faces second 'black screen' lawsuit

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| A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it
| remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied
| software.


Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

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| A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing
| Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of
| Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft.

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