Date
21 August 2017
Microsoft's stepped-up anti-piracy drive targeting Chinese internet start-ups is a prelude to the release of new software, according to a local agent. Photo: Bloomberg
Microsoft's stepped-up anti-piracy drive targeting Chinese internet start-ups is a prelude to the release of new software, according to a local agent. Photo: Bloomberg

Microsoft targets Chinese internet start-ups in piracy drive

Microsoft Corp. is cranking up its anti-piracy effort in the mainland, this time targeting Chinese internet start-ups.

One such company in Shanghai paid 60,000 yuan (US$9,710) to settle piracy claims after a raid by local authorities, 21st Century Business Herald reported.

The crackdown is a prelude to the release of new Microsoft software, the report said, citing a local agent.

It comes as Chinese regulators prepare an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft over its Windows operating system.

However, the State Administration for Industry & Commerce has yet to release details of the impending probe, according to media reports.

Microsoft has been mainly targeting high-profile start-ups, according to the agent. “If a start-up starts to promote, that means it is making money or at least it has some financing. That’s when they come into Microsoft’s radar screen.”

Earlier this year, Microsoft accused Shanghai Boke Software Co. of pirating its software and demanded 6.64 million yuan in compensation, the report said.

In addition, it required the company to make an official apology on state-run newspaper People’s Daily.

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