What a pity...
Anything less than 35 years without parole for $100M in pirated software sales is a travesty of justice.
A Chinese national has been handed a 12 year jail sentence in the United States after being convicted of selling more than $100m of pirated software from his home in Chengdu. Xiang Li, 36, was sentenced in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday after pleading guilty to copyright infringement and wire fraud charges …
You can download most of their stuff for free from the Oracle website! No need for a license if it's purely for personal/educational use. Sure if you get caught running a business off it then Oracle will have down the "cleaners" faster than you can say "Larry's got an island!".
( I do love seeing copies of Oracle RDBMS turning up on torrent sites, it's guaranteed way to get your ratios up! )
The worrying thing really is that the US can claim jurisdiction over an act that was committed in another country where the action was perfectly legal. If shoe was on the other foot and the Chinese lured Americans out of the country to stick them in jail there would be uproar.
Except that it's not perfectly legal in China. They do occasionally have a crackdown on this sort of thing.
The US have probably done them a favour, I suspect that a Chinese jail sentence would have been a rather more unpleasant experience.
Besides, there's bugger all difference I can see between committing a crime in Country A while sat in Country B and committing a crime in Country A and then catching a plane to Country B. Just 'cos teh internets make the former possible doesn't affect the legality.
You can do some really evil stuff and get less of a sentence than that.
(Or if you are the right person get a medal).
They ignore international law when it affects them but hammer the little guy whenever possible.
This person is doing exactly what America did to all the British writers when the United States was formed. Nothing worse than hypocrites.
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