Will have to stop selling Windows
Microsoft has suffered a blow behind the bamboo curtain after a
Chinese court ordered versions of Windows with a particular typeface withdrawn
Vole had an agreement with Chinese technology company,
Zhongyi Electronic, which designs Chinese character fonts. However the court said that Vole violated the scope of
licensing agreements and will have to stop selling its Chinese versions of its
Windows 98, 2000, 2003 and Windows XP.
Microsoft said it will appeal the ruling but then it
can't be too worried about the ruling. The majority of Chinese copies of
Windows XP are pirated and it does not have much interest in propping up
Windows 98, 2000, and 2003.
However the whole thing is a little ironic as China has
long been the target for foreign companies seeking to protect their
intellectual property. Vole itself has suffered greatly at the hands of pirates,
probably because its software is so expensive. (Hence the sales ban won't make much of a difference. sub.ed.