Jail time and fines ! $
Monday, August 24, 2009 by ShelbyGT_The_Car | Discussion: Everything Else
Well the headlines read today of what you get for being a bad guy in a foriegn country - even China.
Microsoft won another battle in its seemingly-endless war against software piracy as a Beijing court has sentenced four individuals to a maximum of 3.5 years of jail time for distributing hax0red versions of Windows XP. The quartet in question is behind Windows XP 'Tomato Garden', a 'tweaked' Windows XP release that lacks piracy protection.
With 10 million downloads of Tomato Garden unable to be ignored, the court has decided that two of the men accused should get 3.5 years in jail and a fine of one million yuan ($146,000) each, while the others would get 2 years in jail an a 100,000 yuan fine.
In addition to the individual sentences, the ruling sees the company that operated the Tomato Garden site being fined 8.7 million yuan ($1.27 million).
As expected, Microsoft declared itself pleased with the court's decision and said it would continue to work with Chinese authorities to protect its property.
What country is next?
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