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Windows Piracy on Guangxi University computers

January 5, 2011

This is the message that wakes me up every morning I start the classroom computer.  A series of messages shows up on the computer in an attempt to annoy the user to purchase a legitimate copy of Windows.  Every computer at the University, as far as I know, uses a pirated copy of Windows.  This is not only annoying for the waste of time spent clicking these windows, but these pirated copies of windows get your computer running with a wealth of malware as well a providing minimal protection from the viruses and spamware that don’t come from the Windows software CD.
UPDATE: A recent article in the New York Times mentioned that American software companies have been noticing Chinese government agencies downloading updates for software that they have never purchased.

For the United States, the No. 1 problem with Chinas economy is probably intellectual property theft. Technology companies, for example, continue to notice Chinese government agencies downloading software updates for programs they have never bought, at least not legally.

No wonder China has become the worlds second-largest market for computer hardware sales but is only the eighth-largest for software sales.

Hat tip to someone, I forgot who sent me this article.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2011 05:43

    It’s pretty crazy that even major institutions use pirated software. Have you asked any staff or students what they think about it?

  2. Tim Quijano permalink*
    January 7, 2011 22:28

    I’ve never asked anyone outright what there opinion is on the topic, but from what I can tell, people just accept it as the way that things are.

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