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  •  Showing your ignorance... (3+ / 0-)
    Why exactly is it that when you sell "computer equipment" you must sell it with an operating system?

    During my 25 years working in engineering companies in Silicon Valley.... I never saw a single system sold without an operating system.

    The customers were given a choice of flavors of OS... but they were always sold with one.

    Are the Chinese obliged to follow American law?

    Ever hear of the WIPO or the WTO?... Guess not!

    Intellectual property rights (IPRs) have been acknowledged and protected in the People's Republic of China since 1979. The People's Republic of China has acceded to the major international conventions on protection of IPRs. Domestically, protection of intellectual property law has also been established by government legislation, administrative regulations, and decrees in the areas of trademark, copyright and patent. This has led to the creation of a comprehensive legal framework to protect both local and foreign intellectual property. Despite this, copyright violations are common in the PRC,[1] and intellectual property violations are committed by prominent members of the automotive and electronics industries.

    In 1980, the PRC became a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

    The PRC acceded to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property on 14 November 1984 and became an official member on 19 March 1985. The PRC also acceded to the Madrid Agreement for the International Registration of Trademarks in June 1989.

    In January 1992, the PRC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States government to provide copyright protection for all American "works" and for other foreign works. Several bilateral negotiations have been conducted between the two governments. At some points, trade sanctions were threatened by the two governments over IPRs issues. At the conclusion of negotiations in 1995, the Sino-US Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights was signed. In June 1996, the two governments entered into another agreement protecting American intellectual property in the PRC.
    And what does ranking 8th in software sales have to do with anything? If every computer sold in and by China did come with a valid Windows license, that wouldn't increase Chinese "software sales" by a single dollar, since the money goes to the company that makes the software, isn't it?

    It increases the profit margin on their hardware because they don't have to include the cost of the software in their roll-up costs.

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