Purge your pirate software, officials told

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 November, 2011, 12:00am

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Beijing has instructed all government departments at or above municipal level to use genuine and authorised computer software by the end of next year.

The State Council said after its executive meeting yesterday that the mainland still faced a tough task in combating infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and counterfeit goods. That was despite a nine-month national campaign that ended in June.

All provincial government bodies were told to get rid of pirated software by June, while municipal-level departments have until the end of next year, Xinhua reported.

All central government bodies' computers have been fully installed with genuine software only since the State Council ordered them to in October.

'Some local governments have failed to attach enough importance to fighting IPR infringement and the manufacturing and sale of fake goods,' the statement said.

'They have failed to carry out effective investigations and punishments. Some even turn a blind eye to reported cases.'

The council required local governments to publicise cases that involve IPR infringement and counterfeit goods. It also said that efforts and progress should be included in the performance evaluations of government cadres.

The government proposed amending the Criminal Law in order to lower the threshold for criminal liability for IPR violations and the making of fake goods.

Higher fines and harsher criminal punishment should also be imposed, premier Wen Jiabao told the council yesterday.

The council said a steering team should be established through the Ministry of Commerce responsible for fighting IPR infringement.

Infringement and counterfeit goods are most prevalent in foods, medicine, cosmetics, farming materials, copyright, brand names and patents, the statement said.

Authorities cracked down on more than 1,200 manufacturers involved in the making of more than one billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) worth of fake products in the nine-month campaign, according to government figures issued in September.

The executive meeting yesterday also approved a work plan on the control of greenhouse gas emissions during the 2011-15 period to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 17 per cent from the 2010 level.