Microsoft Corp. vs. Beijing Giant Computer

The cases of Microsoft Corp., Autodesk Inc., and WordPerfect Corp. v. Beijing Giant Computer Company (hereinafter referred to as “Giant”) for infringement of computer software copyright, were settled by Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, the court of first instance on 16th April 1996. The court held that Giant's illegal reproduction and sale of the plaintiffs' copyrighted software for commercial purposes, without the consent of the copyright owners, constituted infringement, and ordered that Giant immediately desist from infringing acts, publicly apologize to the plaintiffs, and compensate the plaintiffs for their economic losses in the amount of over 470,000 yuan. Following the announcement of the verdicts, none of the parties filed an appeal within the statutory period, and the verdicts in those three cases have taken effect.

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