Four Chinese state-owned companies have been accused by Microsoft of using pirated copies of its Office software and it has requested the companies to stop. Microsoft filed a complaint against the four companies -- China National Petroleum Corp., China Post Group, China Railway Construction Corp. and Travelsky Technology Ltd. (696). The filing of the complaint wasn't made public.
"In its complaint, Microsoft alleges that almost all of Travelsky's Office software is unlicensed, while 93 percent of China Post's and 84 percent of China Railway Construction's comes from pirated versions," reported Bloomberg News.
Microsoft singled out China National Petroleum Corp. as having 40 percent of its Office software as pirated. A representative of the company has claimed that he wasn't aware of Microsoft's filed complaint. China Post's Xu Zhaohui has claimed that the accusations were "inaccurate."
Meanwhile, China Railway Construction said in the statement via Bloomberg News:
"We do not rule out the possibility some subsidiary units may have used unauthorized software, but it certainly is not such a large proportion. The company attaches great importance to this matter, and we are holding an internal inquiry."
Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer said in his speech at China's Peking University earlier this year that the country had "weak" laws to protect against intellectual property rights. He hopes that his speech will lead China to change its approach with regards to piracy.
According to a study by Business Software Alliance, China's legal software market was worth $3 billion last year, while its illegal software market was worth an estimated $9 billion.
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