Chinese man pleads guilty to selling $100 million worth of pirated software

Chinese man pleads guilty to selling $100 million worth of pirated software
A Chinese man has plead guilty this week to selling $100 million worth of pirated software.

Making this case different, however, is the nature of the software. The pirated tech was used for defense, space technology and engineering, and many cost $100,000 or higher for a license.



Between the years of 2008 and 2011, Xiang Li stole software from 200 American companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Rockwell Automation,, Agilent Technologies, Siemens, Delcam, Altera Corp and SAP. The software was then sold to 325 black market buyers across 61 nations.

U.S. officials, performing an undercover sting, arrested Li on the Pacific island of Saipan, an American territory near Guam. Originally charged with 46 different offenses, Li plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright violations and wire fraud.

At its peak, Li was offering over 2000 pirated titles, selling some for as little as $20 and some for as much as $1200, says Reuters.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 8 Jan 2013 13:03
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  • 7 comments
  • megadunderhead

    wouldn't you think the software would have dialed home and registered 1,000 of copys with the same serial

    9.1.2013 08:45 #1

  • doowop72

    It's all fun and games 'til you get caught. Bummer.

    9.1.2013 18:11 #2

  • xnonsuchx

    At least (for him) he wasn't found guilty in China and immediately executed.

    10.1.2013 07:25 #3

  • bizsuper

    wowwwwww, that's so cleaver

    11.1.2013 02:09 #4

  • xboxdvl2

    Originally posted by xnonsuchx: At least (for him) he wasn't found guilty in China and immediately executed. didnt think chinese officials considered piracy in china a major crime.
    o well the americans got him anyway.

    i have the big screen tv,a ps3 and 5.1 channel surround sound.car still runs smooth and computer still works but its a bit outdated.

    11.1.2013 02:30 #5

  • NHS2008

    Originally posted by xboxdvl2: Originally posted by xnonsuchx: At least (for him) he wasn't found guilty in China and immediately executed. didnt think chinese officials considered piracy in china a major crime.
    o well the americans got him anyway.
    In china, cops buy pirated cds! :D

    :/

    11.1.2013 08:05 #6

  • kfir1

    didnt think chinese officials considered piracy in china a major crime.
    o well the americans got him anyway.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    china is a pirate nation.

    11.1.2013 19:13 #7

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