Loc: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
From CNN.com/Technology<br><br><h1>Woman must pay $11m in software scam</h1><br>LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A woman described as a major player in a worldwide computer software piracy organization was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday and ordered to pay $11 million in restitution to software giants Microsoft and Symantec.<br><br>Lisa Chen, 52, pleaded no contest to one count of failure to disclose the origin of a recording or product. She was one of four people arrested in November 2001 as part of a ring suspected of importing nearly $98 million in counterfeit computer products and software from Taiwan.<br><br>"The counterfeit seized in this investigation was high quality," said Pat Mueller, senior investigator with Microsoft. "It takes tremendous technical capability to do this."<br><br>Prosecutors said they believe the sentence was the longest prison term given in the country to a first-time felon involving software piracy.<br><br>More here:<br>http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/biztech/11/25/counterfeit.software.ap/index.html<br><br>
Well if she even has the bucks to payback.<br>Taiwan is nothing, China by far surpasses that 98 million figure by a 100 times.<br><br>A friend of mine who went to China on a business trip came back with some CDs. On those CDs there was every high end Pro program for both the Mac and the Windows platform. There must have been atleast 100 thousand dollars worth of software on that CD set - He only paid 50 dollars for the set. It even came with a chinese made hacker program that you installed the apps threw. <br><br>There are certain caveats like Quark was the english version so is the built in spell checker and on and on.<br><br>
Loc: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
It was the same here in Saudi Arabia; you pay $1.5 per CD, regardless of its content. Authorities are trying hard to raid the locations where they gather (mostly mall parking lots), but they spread like weed and never die.<br><br>Some computer stores are arrogant/stupid to the degree of actually loading up the PC you buy from them with pirated software. They ended up being fined, jailed and their license revoked.<br><br>Some people have difficulties respecting intellectual properties and donít consider it theft to buy or sell such stolen properties.<br><br>
Right Whaleed<br>Some people have difficulties respecting intellectual properties and donít consider it theft to buy or sell such stolen properties.<br><br>Like in China "up to a few years ago" they did not even consider the pratice to be pirating. It just made a good business sense to know what to pirate.<br><br>The software ripoffs does not stop even there. I seen a 60 Minute investigative show showing how China made exact carbon copies of US vehicles - right down to the emblems. The only difference is they all were pirated ripoffs and the quality was real poor. Hey no onein the east would know the difference in a American made car or a pirated one from China jus by looking at it.<br><br>
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