Steve Ballmer on Friday decried the use of pirated software by Chinese businesses. “One of the things that has improved a lot around the world is business piracy, and yet when we look at China today business piracy is more extreme than consumer piracy,” he told a business forum in Madrid.
“We’re working hard with support of Chinese government to improve situation but it’s a real problem,” he added.
The Business Software Alliance, estimates that 79% of China’s computers ran on pirated software last year. It wants Chinese gov to ensure that gov offices and businesses use only licensed software and to refrain from compelling intellectual property transfers as the cost of doing business.
In June, Ballmer and CEOs of 11 other leading software companies met with US lawmakers and top officials in President Barack Obama’s administration in hopes of persuading them to step up pressure on China to crack down on illegal copying.
The meeting came two months after Microsoft won a decision from a Shanghai court against a Chinese insurance company that was running 450 copies of pirated Microsoft software.