China Sentenced 7 Years Imprisonment to Shang Yajun for Selling Counterfeit Softwares

The 1st Intermediate People's Court of Beijing, China upheld the Haidian District Court's decision that sentenced counterfeiter Shang Yajun to seven years and six months imprisonment, for copyright infringement and the sale of illegally manufactured registered trademarks, representing the longest-ever criminal sentence in China for selling and distributing counterfeit software products."Shang Yajun was no casual […]

Chinese gov sentenced seven years in imrpiosnm against intellectual property crime, penalizing counterfeiter Shang Yajun for copyright infringement and sale of illegally manufactured registered trademarks

The 1st Intermediate People's Court of Beijing, China upheld the Haidian District Court's decision that sentenced counterfeiter Shang Yajun to seven years and six months imprisonment, for copyright infringement and the sale of illegally manufactured registered trademarks, representing the longest-ever criminal sentence in China for selling and distributing counterfeit software products.

"Shang Yajun was no casual counterfeiter; he ran a large-scale, sophisticated criminal enterprise," said David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. "Microsoft is encouraged by the successful resolution of the case and appreciates the help and support of the Chinese government."

"In its July 2011 raid of storage facilities belonging to Shang, the Haidian District Public Security Bureau in Beijing confiscated more than 360,000 partially finished certificates of authenticity (COAs)."

"Although product names and product identification had not been added yet, it is estimated that when finished and packed, their worth would be approximately 513.5 million RMB, or $79 million (U.S.)," Microsoft said.

Also during this raid, "law enforcement discovered counterfeit products and finished COAs valued at approximately 10.4 million RMB, or $1.6 million (U.S.). This included 4,400 Channel OEM and OEM products for Dell, HP and Lenovo, including Simplified Chinese and English-language versions of Windows XP Professional, Windows 7 (Home, Professional and Ultimate), as well as Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2003 Standard and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise," Microsoft adds.

In addition to packaging equipment and materials, approximately 200 finished Windows XP Professional Simplified Chinese COAs and 200 finished Windows Server Standard COAs were seized.

This case has set a precedent and an exemplary role for similar cases, demonstrating the fact that judicial authorities in China have been increasing the penalties for piracy, said Huang Jingping, executive director of Criminal Law Research Center of Renmin University of China and vice president of China Criminal Law Society. "The law must deal a harsh hand to those who pirate, as it hinders fair competition, disrupts the order of market economy and stifles innovation."