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China says battle against use of pirated software being won

April 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM   |   Comments

BEIJING, April 26 (UPI) -- A Chinese government drive to curtail the use of pirated software by government institutions as well as corporations has been successful, officials say.

Since the effort was launched in October, government bodies at different levels have legally purchased 3.06 million sets of software worth $313 million, a report published by the National Copyright Administration of China said.

As part of the government's effort to increase awareness of copyright protection, 1,494 training courses have been taught across China, attended by 84,100 office workers, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

An inter-ministerial mechanism was set up to adopt efforts to correct wrongdoing at central and local levels, the copyright administration's report said.

Pirated software in corporate use has also been addressed, officials said, and 17,782 large companies in China have been confirmed to be using genuine software in their offices.

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