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Pirated software distributors seized

(China Daily)

15:11, November 16, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Investigators have cracked an online copyright-infringement case involving the software giant Microsoft, police here said on Tuesday.

Economic-crimes investigators received a complaint from Microsoft alleging that a host of various websites in Zhaoqing, a city in Guangdong province, had infringed on one of the company's copyrights. In response, officials established a task force in August, according to He Guangping, deputy head of the Guangdong provincial department of public security.

Investigators found the server for those websites, the most famous of which is, in Zhaoqing.

"After investigating, police discovered that the principal suspect, whose surname is Wang, established in 2003 and later registered other websites to let netizens download pirated versions of Microsoft's Windows XP and Windows 7 for free," he told a news conference in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, on Tuesday.

"Wang illegally earned a large sum of money by bundling the pirated software with advertisements and other software."

In 2011 alone, pirated versions of Windows software have been downloaded 4,445 times from Wang's websites, he said.

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