Russia targets S.Korea's LG in piracy probe

2nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian investigators have opened a criminal inquiry against South Korea's LG Electronics for allowing dozens of its employees in Russia to use pirated software, police said on Thursday.

"This is the first time... that a criminal inquiry for using pirated software has been opened against a major foreign company," the police department in charge of economic crime inquiries said in a statement.

"During a search, it was found that 60 employees of this company were using pirated software for their commercial activities," the statement said, adding that 60 computers had been confiscated as part of the investigation.

The police estimated the losses at 51,000 euros (65,000 dollars).

US software giant Microsoft says it suffered some one billion dollars in lost revenue in 2009 due to software piracy in Russia, which is also a major concern in negotiations for Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation.

Pirated software is widely available in Russia including in major shops.

© 2010 AFP

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