Microsoft announced a partnership aimed at helping make the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou a model for innovation and protection of intellectual property, in the company's latest attempt to combat rampant software piracy. A three-year agreement calls for setting up two new centers in Hangzhou to focus on developing the local technology industry. The deal came after Hangzhou pledged to improve its enforcement of anti-piracy laws and promote the use of legitimate, non-pirated software by individuals, government offices and companies based in the city, which is west of Shanghai. Software, movie and music makers, among many industries, say they lose billions of dollars each year to counterfeited and pirated products.
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