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Unlicensed software ban shows resolve

Government officials who allow the use of pirated software in their offices will face censure amid a drive to promote authorized software.

All central government departments should ban the use of unauthorized software by May, Wang Ziqiang, spokesman for the National Copyright Administration, said.

"Those who fail to meet the deadline will be criticized," he told China Daily.

A national conference was held on Monday in Beijing to help enforce the ban on unauthorized software in 147 central government departments, which demonstrated China‘s determination to strengthen intellectual property rights (IPR) protection.