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Tightened government measures cut software piracy


15:49, December 25, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Government's intensified efforts to root out software piracy are bringing concrete benefits to software providers.

Kingsoft Corporation, China's renowned software company, posted sales of 130 million yuan during the first 11 months of this year, representing a sharp increase from an annual sales of tens of millions of yuan in 2007.

"This also reflects that Chinese consumers have heightened awareness on copyright protection," said Liu Chao, Kingsoft's product director.

Kingsoft is not the only beneficiary.

Huang Yaohui, Adobe's general manager of the Greater China Region, said that the usage rate of authorized Adobe software in China has continuously increased due to the government's copyright protection efforts.

Huang said he is satisfactory with the current usage rate, though he declined to disclose the specific proportion of copyrighted Adobe software to pirated Adobe software in the country.

As early as in 2006, Chinese authorities had issued a statement requiring all governmental departments to buy computers installed with copyrighted software.

The government spent 1.07 billion yuan (169.84 million U.S. dollars) on purchasing copyrighted software during the 2007-2010 period, according to data from the Central Government Procurement Center.

This year, China has organized teams of inspectors to canvass central and local government computers to ensure that all the departments are using authorized software, and stepped up inspections of software pre-installation on computers sold in the country.

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