Taiwan Shining Intellectual Property Blueprint For China Or Wishful Thinking?

What works for Taiwan, does (not)necessarily works for China,and vice versa. During the press conference for the “Piracy Out, Competitiveness Up” campaign in Taipei (Taiwan) the chief secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Hung Shu-min said that Taiwan could be a model worth modelling for China in regard to bringing down business software piracy levels. […]

Ernst & Young Report: The Benefits of software IPR protection in China

Unlicensed software should be cleaned upPhoto: Danny Friedmann Not only the Business Software Association writes interesting reports about intellectual property in China in relation to software. Ernst & Young who are in the assurance, tax, transactions and advisory business, just published a report worth reading called:  The Benefits of software IPR protection in China (28 pages […]

Benchmarking China’s IPR Protection and Enforcement

In response to China’s umpteenth pledge to protect intellectual property, Mr Robert Holleyman, president of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) said: “We will know China has made real progress in reducing piracy only when software companies start seeing substantial increases in sales.” Read Sewell Chan’s article here. Mr Holleyman is doing something very constructive: he […]

32 Senators Urge Vice-Premier State Council to Fix IPR and Indigenous Innovation Policy in China

32 U.S. senators have sent an open letter to Wang Qishan, China’s Vice-Premier of the State Council. They urge him to use the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) to address the problems U.S. companies face in regard to: Intellectual Property Rights in China; China’s policy to favour indigenous innovation and not signing […]

Would You Tell A Stranger On The Phone Whether You Have Pirated Software?

China Daily has an optimistic article about the declining software piracy rates in China. At least according to a survey by Chinalabs.com commissioned by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. The surveys were done by phone and one can question the reliability of the answers. Even though the anonymity of the respondents might be […]

Gartner Predicts 2012 Software Piracy in China Will Fall To 50 Percent

Kelvin Soh and Melanie Lee report that “Gartner estimated that software piracy rates in mainland China would fall as low as 50 percent by 2012, putting it almost on a par with rates in developed Asian markets like Hong Kong. See there Reuters article, via the MSNBC site here. The Business Software Alliance claims the […]

Tomatolei.com Copyright Infringement Case: Four Sentenced To Imprisonment

See the verdict of the Suzhou Huqiu District People’s Court’s in the copyright infringement case against tomatolei.com at the BSA site here.

BSA Software Piracy Study: Taiwan 39 Percent, Ranks 23th Lowest

Business Software Allicance (BSA) publishes its 2008 study of software piracy: May 2009, Sixth Annual BSA-IDG Software 08 Piracy Study. With 39 percent, Taiwan came in on the 23th position of the countries with the lowest software piracy, causing a 201 million US dollar loss in 2008 (215 million US dollar loss in 2007): Percentage software piracy Taiwan […]

BSA Software Piracy Study: Hong Kong 48 Percent, Ranks Average

Business Software Allicance (BSA) publishes its 2008 study of software piracy: May 2009, Sixth Annual BSA-IDG Software 08 Piracy Study. With 48 percent, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region whose software piracy ranking is between a country with a low and a country with a high software piracy percentage, causing a loss of 225 million […]

BSA Software Piracy Study: China 80 Percent; Ranks 24th Highest

Business Software Allicance (BSA) publishes its 2008 study of software piracy: May 2009, Sixth Annual BSA-IDG Software 08 Piracy Study. With 80 percent, China came in on the 24th position of the countries with the highest software piracy, causing a loss of 6,677 billion US dollar in 2008 (6,664 billion US dollar loss in 2007): […]

IIPA: “China and Russia Remain Major Concerns for Copyright Industries”

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has made a statement on USTR’s decisions in its 2009 Special 301 Review affecting copyright protection and enforcement around the world. No real surprises, including that the IIPA commends USTR for the decision to elevate Canada to the Priority Watch List. This is what IIPA stated April 30, 2009 […]

Change in Nanchang: Internet Cafes Required To Switch To Legal Software

Mr Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service that Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi province, requires net cafes to switch to legal software. If they don’t they can lose their license. Read Mr Sumner’s article via Networkworld here. UPDATEMr Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, Cyber Cynic for Computerworld critisises that the owners of internet cafes caught with illegal […]

Cost of Piracy Overestimated Says OECD, Underestimated Says ICC

Steve Whitehouse of Thomson Financial reports about an unpublished Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study which puts trade losses in 2005 at up to 200 billion US dollar, considerably lower than the 600 billion US dollars estimated by the International Chamber of Commerce. Read Whitehouse’s article via Forbes.com here. US officials estimate the […]