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China Says There's No Antitrust Probe On Microsoft 87

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natenovs writes "China's intellectual-property rights enforcer said the government isn't probing Microsoft Corp. for breaching antitrust laws, denying yesterday's report by a state-owned newspaper. 'We are not conducting an anti-monopoly investigation against Microsoft and have no plans to do so,' Yin Xintian, a spokesman and legal director at the State Intellectual Property Office, said by telephone today in Beijing. The newspaper's report is 'completely untrue,' the agency said on its Web site."
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China Says There's No Antitrust Probe On Microsoft

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 20, 2008 @12:46AM (#23869181)

    Hrmm... if a majority of the software in china is pirated, then can a company really hold a "monopoly" there? MS might have a majority of the desktop market(I'm not sure if they do), but they didn't do this by actually selling their products and making too much of a profit(in china at least). Anyone have any market numbers in terms of MS and how much they make off the chinese market?

  • by shri (17709) <(moc.liamg) (ta) (cmarirhs)> on Friday June 20, 2008 @12:47AM (#23869189) Homepage
    In China-Speak .. this is most probably the beginning of negotiations with Microsoft on various issues. It is not unusual for them to plant stories in the state run media outlets as a warning / thread, followed by an official denial.
  • by monxrtr (1105563) on Friday June 20, 2008 @12:58AM (#23869231)

    "However," noted anonymous internet sources, "probing speculation of a possible Chinese antitrust probe were rumored to have been widespread on areas of the internet outside of the China Firewall." The Redland, Shenainiganghei based office confirmed that "plans are just that -- plans -- and not promises of updates, upgrades, releases, or official actions." US officials noted that this statement was delivered by a Chinese intellectual property rights "enforcer", and not the more common Western "Czar". Said the US official, "if China were to lay down it's 'enforcer' card, we would collect that card with our 'Czar' card, according to internationally established rules regarding the power and value of cards."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 20, 2008 @02:08AM (#23869581)

    Living in China, you realize pretty quickly that everything is about who you know, and how much "guanxi" you have. Literally, your network of people that you can call on. You can bet that Microsoft knows some people fairly high up in more than one government department in China, and has built up quite a lot of guanxi.

    If I had to guess, I would say that someone was getting annoyed with Microsoft on a personal level, or Microsoft was trying to get around paying someone what they thought they deserved, who then started an investigation from their department. After that it was probably "discovered" by the paper. Then Microsoft called on their own people to fix it for them.

    Another possibility is that someone in the Party wanted something, or wanted to stop something, from Microsoft, and used a planted story in the paper as leverage. Bad press, especially anti-trust in Microsoft's case, does not help their public image.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 20, 2008 @08:26AM (#23871485)

    I hate to see people criticize China's one child policy. Without it, China maybe now facing extreme case of food shortage. So, instead of becoming another poor nation that need international aids, it sacrifice as a nation and bootstrapped itself into self sustainable. I like to see the same level of sacrifice from you and your country. No, if we stop polluting the world, we might harm our economy, that's bull.

    Yes, you do inherent right to free speech, the government just ignore you. So, what's the difference?

  • by CastrTroy (595695) on Friday June 20, 2008 @08:54AM (#23871747) Homepage
    However, isn't that kind of like dumping? Put your product out on the market, for less than it costs to make it, so that people will use it, allowing you to take over the market. Even assuming that people have legit copies of windows, they are still dumping copies of Office, and many other programs that don't come included with computers. By tolerating the piracy, they have been able to use their large monopoly, and vast piles of cash to get a stranglehold on the desktop market.

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