Pirate money promotes global criminal activity, report says

French soldiers intercepting pirates off the coast of Kenya. Photo: AFP

Pirates hijacking ships off the Horn of Africa and Somalia from 2005 to last year garnered well over a quarter of a billion US dollars in ransoms and used the money to fund criminal activities worldwide, according to a report released on Friday.

Saturday, 2 November, 2013, 2:57pm

New York moves to make buying of counterfeit products a crime

A display of handbags in New York's Chinatown. Photo: AP

Bargain hunters from around the world flock to New York's Chinatown for bags, jewellery and other accessories bursting onto pavements from storefronts along Canal Street.

15 Jun 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Briefs, February 7, 2013

Pablo Picasso's Femme assise pres d'une fenetre. Photo: Reuters

A Pablo Picasso portrait of his mistress and muse Marie-Therese Walter titled Femme assise pres d'une fenetre (Woman sitting near a window) sold for £28.6 million (HK$347.25 million) at a Sotheby's auction of impressionist, modern and surrealist art. 

7 Feb 2013 - 6:54am

Chinese man guilty of US$100m software piracy

A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a US federal court to pirating software that investigators said was worth more than US$100 million, the US said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chongqing architect accused of copying Zaha Hadid's Beijing building

The Meiquan 22nd Century building planned for Chongqing (right), which shows strong resemblances to a model of Zaha Hadid's design for a shopping and office complex in Beijing (left). Photos: AFP

Already famed for fake designer bags and pirated DVDs, imitation in China may have reached new heights with a set of towers that strongly resemble ones designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:17am 3 comments

China promises to crack down on pirated software

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan (centre), with Acting US Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank (right) and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk in Washington. Photo: Xinhua

China on Wednesday promised the United States that it would crack down on pirated software as the world’s two largest economies looked to ease trade frictions amid political changes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

IT compliance best way to gain an edge over rivals

US movement to prevent unfair competition from IT theft

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Vietnam arrests 11 on hijacked Malaysian ship

Malaysia's customs officers and marine police have beefed up their efforts to  battle piracy cases off the coast of Malaysia. Photo: AFP

Vietnamese authorities arrested 11 suspected pirates aboard a chemical tanker after the first such hijacking in the waters around Malaysia in years, the International Maritime Bureau said on Friday.

23 Nov 2012 - 1:29pm

Customs criticised for pursuit of outdated CD and VCD piracy

Customs' piracy fight stuck in the past.

Despite a plunge in the number of factories making optical CD or VCD discs, the customs department is maintaining the fight against piracy in this declining medium, according to the Audit Commission's report.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:32am

In Vietnam, US adopts friendly approach to web pirates

Singers, wearing T-shirts that urge people to "Listen responsibly" as part of a campaign to combat online piracy in Vietnam, perform at a talent show in Ho Chi Minh City earlier this month. Photo: AP

It's a wildly popular website laden with unlicensed songs and Hollywood movies, a prime exhibit of the digital piracy that is strangling the music industry in Asia and eroding legitimate online sales around the world.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:50am

Briefs, October 23, 2012

The suspect prays before the late king's portrait. Photo: EPA

Lawmakers in Okinawa air 'indignation' at rape

23 Oct 2012 - 3:31am

State Department has 'real concerns' over Sino-US commercial ties

US undersecretary of state Robert Hormats. Photo: Robert Ng

A senior US official yesterday expressed confidence in enhanced Sino-US economic co-operation after next month's presidential election but warned of "real concerns" from Washington over a host of problems.

13 Oct 2012 - 12:19pm

Non-Chinese students cheat, too

Over the past years, the number of Chinese students studying in foreign countries, especially the United States, has surged. Research by Tom Melcher, an American living in Beijing who helps Chinese students find the best American summer camps and schools, indicated that almost all Chinese applicants cheat to gain admission to foreign universities.

5 Oct 2012 - 11:37pm

Manila pushes Asean maritime information-sharing

The delegation at the three-day Asean Maritime Forum in Manila. Photo: AFP

The Philippines has proposed an information-sharing system for Southeast Asia to help protect its waters from security challenges such as piracy, illegal fishing and drug trafficking.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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Home defends Benz

6 Sep 2012 - 3:49am