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Microsoft in 5m yuan copyright claim

MICROSOFT Corp is seeking 5 million yuan (US$771,605) compensation from a local microelectronics company for software copyright infringement.

To date, this is the highest compensation Microsoft has requested in copyright lawsuits of this kind on the Chinese mainland.

The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has accepted the case but hasn't fixed a hearing date.

Microsoft said in its lawsuit that Shanghai Tianma Microelectronics Co Ltd - an LCD designing, manufacturing and retailing company with a registered capital of 1.03 billion yuan and a yearly profit exceeding 100 million yuan - duplicated and installed Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows software for commercial use in its office and plant located at Zhangjiang High-tech Park without approval.

Microsoft's copyright should be protected by the Chinese law, according to the Berne Convention, the lawsuit said. Tianma's behavior violated Microsoft's software duplication right, the plaintiff said.

It asked the court to order Tianma to stop the infringement, pay compensation of 5 million yuan and make a public apology in the People's Daily.

Tianma refused to comment when Shanghai Daily called yesterday.

Microsoft has filed a series of lawsuits for copyright protection on the Chinese mainland in recent years, and won most. In April 2010, the Pudong New Area People's Court ruled that Dazhong Insurance Co Ltd pay Microsoft 2.17 million yuan in compensation for using pirated software.


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