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China Destroys 43 Million Pirated Materials

By eeyore     Apr 16, 2007 in Crime
Chinese authorities destroyed 42 million pieces of pirated digital videodiscs, compact discs, computer software and illegal publications.
This campaign is due to complaints filed Tuesday by the U.S. against Beijing in the World Trade Organization over product piracy and market access.
Workers across the country set fire to 30 million pieces of smuggled and pirated audio and video materials, software and 11 million copies of pirated and illegally published books and magazines, the Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.
With this destruction they hope to show the world that China is protecting intellectual property.
China also hopes to show the world they are trying to improve awareness of the public awareness about pornography and illegal publication
The US complaints could damage commercial relations between the US and China.
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