FIRST, USERS began moaning about Microsoft's latest anti-piracy campaign in China. Now a copyright official has joined in the chorus of disapproval.
Volish Nagware under Microsoft's Genuine Advantage programme was leaving some users with a Black Screen of Iniquity if it thought software illegitimate. They were miffed.
Now, vice-director of China's National Copyright Administration, Yan Xiaohong has cast aired doubts over Microsoft tactics.
"Whether the 'black-out' method should be adopted is open to question. Measures for safeguarding rights also need to be appropriate," he said.
While he said he understood the "rights-safeguarding move taken by institutions including Microsoft," Yan told Xinhua news agency that companies such as Microsoft should "pay attention to the methods."
In a hint at the real issue, here, Yan suggested Microsoft's pricing was not quite what the Chinese are used to.
"The company adopted unified prices in the past without considering the income gap between developed and developing countries, so we need to kindly remind them that Chinese customers' affordability should be considered," he said, according to a Reuters report.
He suggested the software giant had been a bit heavy handed The firm's methods should "fit the Chinese situation," he said. µ
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