Chinese National Jailed In Landmark Case

Chinese national Xiang Li has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by a US judge for selling more than £62m of pirated software in a landmark case.

It is the first time a Chinese national has been prosecuted in the US for this kind of crime.

Mr Li is accused of illegally obtaining software from 200 US manufacturers including Microsoft and Oracle, and selling it for a fraction of their prices.

He was apprehended two years ago in the US Pacific territory of Saipan and pleaded guilty at the start of 2013.

Mr Li looked online for hacked software and sold them on his websites, on which more than 2,000 pirated titles were offered, said US prosecutors.

But a US manufacturer came across his firm's software being sold on Mr Li's website and told police.

Mr Li is to be deported upon his release from prison.

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