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PRC ISSUES SOFTWARE PROTECTION LAWS

The People’s Republic of China has issued its first set of laws to protect computer software copyrights, but they have not gone down too well in the US: they say that both Chinese and foreign individuals and organisations may apply to copyright software and copyrights can be requested for a total period of not more than 50 years, with liability to fines or imprisonment for breaches – but copyrights have to be registered by October for existing software; there are also exceptions, including the copying in limited amounts of software for educational, research or state purposes and despite the limitations, Ashton-Tate Corp has responded by starting to ship dBase IV version 1.1 in Chinese, saying it is the first software product to qualify for protection under the new law.

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