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A CHINESE ENTREPRENEUR has fallen afoul of the authorities because the software that he has been selling is counterfeit.
Shang Yajun was pinched by his government in what software company Microsoft called a "strong blow against intellectual property crime".
According to Microsoft, Shang has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, the longest criminal sentence for selling and distributing counterfeit software in that locale.
"Shang Yajun was no casual counterfeiter; he ran a large-scale, sophisticated criminal enterprise," said David Finn, associate general counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft.
"Microsoft is encouraged by the successful resolution of the case and appreciates the help and support of the Chinese government."
Raids on storage facilities run by Shang last year found 360,000 partially finished certificates of authority, and from the report it looks like all they were lacking were product names and identifications. It was estimated that when added to packaged software they would have been worth $79m.
Other finished proofs of authenticity included ones for Dell and HP products, as well as ones for a fleet of Microsoft goodies including Windows XP Professional, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 Standard and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise.
"This case proved the efficiency and effectiveness of the Procuratorate of Haidian District's innovative approach of having one single department to handle intellectual property rights (IPR) cases from arrest to prosecution, and reflected the full-fledged efforts of our dedicated IPR crime prosecutors," said prosecutor Wang Changlin.
"Moving forward, we will ramp up judicial efforts to protect IP rights and deter IP crimes." µ
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