Chinese Court Rules Against Microsoft

According to a Chinese court decision, has infringed a Chinese company’s copyright, the Financial Times reports:

Microsoft’s use of two Chinese fonts developed by Zhongyi Electronic, a Beijing-based software company, was not covered by a licence agreement between the two, the Beijing No 1 Intermediary People’s Court said in a verdict, and therefore infringed Zhongyi’s .

Once the ruling takes effect, Microsoft must stop selling all PC operating systems that use the fonts including the Chinese language editions of the second edition of Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft said it believed its licence agreements with the plaintiff covered its use of the fonts in question and it would appeal against the verdict: “Microsoft respects intellectual property rights. We use third party IPs only when we have a legitimate right to do so.”

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