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Microsoft told to stop selling Windows

Microsoft told to stop selling Windows

Microsoft seem to be in the press recently for all the wrong reasons and they had egg on their face with the news of the Windows 7 download tool violating GPL.

The latest debacle revolves around a Chinese Court who has issued a ruling that they stop selling some versions of their Windows operating systems which include fonts designed by a local company – this is all tied into licensing violations.

This ruling came from the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court and it may be the first indication of issues for makers of software who are struggling with piracy in China.

“(Chinese firms) are going to think of China as a place to have their own litigation strategy, I think that’s a trend that’s coming,” said Michael Vella to Reuters – head of China litigation and intellectual property rights at Morrison & Foerster LLP, who predicts more lawsuits by local companies.

“We saw it in Taiwan. At first, Taiwanese companies were always on the defensive, and in recent years we have seen them initiating litigation.”

Microsoft is going to have to stop selling the Chinese versions of Windows 98, 2000, 2003 and Windows XP according to the court however they are going to appeal the ruling as the costs to rectify this are going to be substantial. Fortunately for them only a small portion of their business stems from China.

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Stuart Davidson

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