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A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied software.

He is not seeking damages, but Dong Zhengwei who brought a case last week is suggesting a fine of $1bn is in order.

Microsoft introduced its Windows Genuine Advantage programme in China last week - if it suspects a computer of running a pirated copy of its software it turns the screen's wallpaper black and warns the user. The scheme caused fury elsewhere in the world - not least for the large number of false positives it threw up. The screen can be restored to its original settings but will revert back to black after an hour.

Microsoft faces two lawsuits accusing it of effectively hacking into people's machines. The China Computer Federation described the tactics as illegal and called for the Chinese government to tell Microsoft to change its methods.

The Chinese National Copyright Administration said it supported Microsoft's right to defend its intellectual property but said it should "pay attention to the methods", according to Xinhua newswire.

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/28/ms_wga_china/
 

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"Hey that's not fair! I worked hard to illegally download that onto my business's 50 computers. I'm going to have my tyrannical government order you to fix it!"

Back to kindergarten anyone?
 

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haha, his name is dong.
I didn't catch that at first, but thats pretty damn priceless.
 

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but some people actually legally had it and still got the error. i'm glad, all this "secuROM" and "DRM" issues are being effectively fought against.
 

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but some people actually legally had it and still got the error. i'm glad, all this "secuROM" and "DRM" issues are being effectively fought against.
Yeah, but to the tune of one billion? Talk about overreacting.
 

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Yeah, but to the tune of one billion? Talk about overreacting.

hey he's rich

i do think that is way out of line, but maybe microsoft needs a good scare to stop this BS that's drivin' me crazy:swearing:
 

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"I can't customize my background, so I'm going to sue you for $1,500,000,000 USD, k?"

Stupid Dong!
it said he wasn't charging them with damages, just suggesting a fine.
a really really unreasonable fine.
 

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but some people actually legally had it and still got the error. i'm glad, all this "secuROM" and "DRM" issues are being effectively fought against.

Considering something on the order of 97% of all copies of Windows in China are pirated, I would tend to think it's not an error.

I can't believe people are complaining about this, there is no right to working pirated software.
 

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Considering something on the order of 97% of all copies of Windows in China are pirated, I would tend to think it's not an error.

I can't believe people are complaining about this, there is no right to working pirated software.

I can answer this with another question. What is real or non-pirated in China?
I have a cousin in China that used to work at a local tech shop (China doesn't really have mass manufactured PCs like pre-built HPs or Dells you see at Best Buy for the "consumers", a lot of the PCs are custom built or customized on the spot) where all they used were pirated software. In all actuality there's probably a 3% chance of purchasing a real/legit/not pirated item.
 

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haha, his name is dong.

 

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Considering the number of pirated copies of windows in China, I think that MS is being pretty nice. They could have "bricked" all the copies of windows it found to be pirated, but instead it just made it so they can't change their background.
 

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haha, microsoft gettin sued by dong... they deserve it
 
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