Microsoft Corporation v. Beijing Minan Investment Consultation Company

The case of disputes in which the Microsoft Corporation charged the Beijing Minan Investment Consultation Company for infringement of copyright in its computer software was judged on 16 November 1998 for its first instance after the hearing by No.1 Intermediate Court of Beijing. The defendant the Beijing Minan Investment Consultation Company pre-installed, without authorization by the Microsoft Corporation, in the main frames of the computers it sells the software of Windows95 and Office97 in which the Microsoft Corporation enjoys its copyright, and did so in the main frames of the computers it rents to other users. Such act of the Company has infringed  the lawful rights and interests of the Microsoft Corporation and should bear corresponding infringement liabilities. According to the related provisions of the Regulations on Computer Software Protection, the Court ruled that the defendant immediately stop its infringing act, make an open apology to the plaintiff in the China Infoworld, and compensate to the Microsoft Corporation RMB 253,440 yuan for its economic damages.

After the judgment of first instance, the defendant did not make its appeal.