China bans selling of PCs without operating system

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 18 2006 @ 13:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
China is taking a new measure against piracy, from now on it won't be possible anymore to sell computers without an operating system in China:
Wang Yefei, deputy director, Beijing Copyright Bureau, said that the Chinese will not be able to buy computers without operating systems and that the new directive will be effective end-2006. Yefei said that the ban is aimed at further protecting intellectual property of software.

Yefei categorically stated that all domestically-made and imported computers will be required to be sold with legitimate software pre-installed, and that this measure will be applicable to machines purchased by government departments as well. Yefei however added that all departments of the Beijing municipal government have been using legitimate software.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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