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Software Vendors Use Private Investigators to Combat Chinese Piracy

CHINA -- Private investigators hired by software companies to track down piracy have long targeted China as a location where a great deal of software piracy takes place. According to the Business Software Alliance, there was $7.7 billion of pirated software in China in 2010. Some software vendors have given up on hiring private investigators to track the problem, because the problem is so huge. The Chinese government has been taking steps to crack down on piracy, but enforcement and low penalties continue to be a stumbling block. Software companies who do use private investigators and who do track piracy in China use the information they gather to try to get users of pirated software to pay licensing fees. In some cases, they take the offenders to court. However, Chinese laws do not allow evidence gathered from private investigators, and plaintiffs are responsible for finding and presenting evidence, which also discourages lawsuits.

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