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The Chinese government has ordered its departments to set a special budget to buy authorized software and stamp out pirated applications.

A circular has been issued by four ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Finance and the National Copyright Administration, in the wake of the introduction of the Chinese governments new copyright law. The law was in part a response to the requirements of China's WTO membership.

The circular said that departments which do not buy legal software can be charged and sued for damages, while department leaders and buyers of pirated software would be given "administrative punishment."

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