Feeds

Microsoft faces second 'black screen' lawsuit

China still not happy

The essential guide to IT transformation

A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied software.

He is not seeking damages, but Dong Zhengwei who brought a case last week is suggesting a fine of $1bn is in order.

Microsoft introduced its Windows Genuine Advantage programme in China last week - if it suspects a computer of running a pirated copy of its software it turns the screen's wallpaper black and warns the user. The scheme caused fury elsewhere in the world - not least for the large number of false positives it threw up. The screen can be restored to its original settings but will revert back to black after an hour.

Microsoft faces two lawsuits accusing it of effectively hacking into people's machines. The China Computer Federation described the tactics as illegal and called for the Chinese government to tell Microsoft to change its methods.

The Chinese National Copyright Administration said it supported Microsoft's right to defend its intellectual property but said it should "pay attention to the methods", according to Xinhua newswire. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft
Doesn't much like Apple or Google, either
Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report
Development alliance working on desktop, mobe software
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?