China Kicks Off Campaign to Curb Software Piracy

Paul Lilly

The Chinese government is getting ready to launch a new national campaign aimed at cracking down on violations of intellectual property rights and the production and distribution of pirated and counterfeit software and movies, the Xinhua News Agency reports .

According to the report, the campaign will last about six months and target pirated publications, software products, DVDs, designs, and other copyrighted products, both at the production and distribution levels.

The Chinese government vowed to "mete out stern punishment to businesses involved in the import and export of such goods," though didn't elaborate what exactly that punishment might be.

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