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13:55, June 10, 2009

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Will future fees lead to manufacturers passing increased costs to consumers?

Manufacturers can endure increased costs.

On June 9, reporters interviewed a number of PC manufacturers. The relevant interviewed manufacturers stated that since the "Green Dam" software has a one-year period of free use, pre-installation of the software will not increase their production costs during this period.

As to whether the software pre-installation will lead to increased costs to manufacturers when the free use period expires and whether any costs thus incurred will be passed to consumers, foreign manufacturers like Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard and Sony did not provide a clear answer.

As for domestic manufacturers, Lenovo stated that with respect to the pre-installed software, the company will follow the requirements stipulated by the state, and any additional costs incurred in the future as a result of the software fees will be accepted by Lenovo. Likewise, Tsinghua Tongfang also stated that the software fees will not affect its computer sales, and that they will be able to endure any increased costs.

Will users be able to uninstall the web filtering software?

The software can be uninstalled by entering an administrative password.

Since it is like any other software, it can be installed and uninstalled. Di Yu, a relevant officer at the Beijing Dazheng Human Language Technology Academy Co., said that if a user wishes to uninstall the "Green Dam" software, just like any other software it can be done by entering the password that was configured when the software was installed. He also noted that the goal of configuring a password is to prevent minors from uninstalling the software and thereby rendering it invalid.

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