May 8, 2002

Respect for IPR key to new economy?

Taipei Times: "Given all the slogans and talk about developing a 'knowledge economy,' it's a good thing that the government is taking the lead in protecting intellectual property rights. However, 'anti' anti-piracy and 'anti-Microsoft' protests are emerging among Taiwan's student, teachers and social activist groups. Why should they oppose the 'anti-piracy' movement? Because they have no choice but to use Microsoft software even though many of them cannot afford to buy such expensive software. The government's crackdown is triggering a grassroots backlash." Read more here.


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