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China Faces U.S. Piracy Suit for Web-Filter Software

Posted by Author on January 6, 2010

By Edvard Pettersson and Mark Lee, Bloomberg via businessweek, Jan 6, 2010 –

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) — China was accused of piracy in a lawsuit filed by a California software maker, which said the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering program installed on personal computers in the country infringes its copyright.

Cybersitter LLC, a closely held company, seeks $2.2 billion in damages in a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles. The company accuses China and computer makers, including Lenovo Group Ltd. and Acer Inc. whose products have included the Green Dam program, of stealing its trade secrets, unfair competition, copyright infringement and civil conspiracy.

“This lawsuit aims to strike a blow against the all-too- common practices of foreign software manufacturers and distributors who believe that they can violate the intellectual property rights of small American companies with impunity without being brought to justice in U.S. courts,” Greg Fayer, a lawyer representing Cybersitter, said in a statement.

Cybersitter said Green Dam, which the Chinese government is promoting on computers sold in the country, illegally copies 3,000 lines of code from its program that was designed to prevent children from viewing pornography and violent Web content. Human rights groups accuse the Chinese government of using Green Dam to curb access to sites it considers politically unacceptable.

Wang Lijian, spokesman for China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said he couldn’t immediately comment as he hadn’t seen the lawsuit. The agency, which oversees regulation of the country’s technology industry, said in May that all new computers sold in the country must include the Green Dam software, before postponing the order in June……. (more details from Businessweek)

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