China Bans Most Versions Of Windows Because Of Two Fonts

Courts ruled that Chinese language editions of Windows 98 SE, 2000, XP and Server 2003 will be banned from being sold in China due to Microsoft infringing on the intellectual property of a Beijing-based software company. By using two Chinese fonts.

According to Zhongyi Electronics, Microsoft “only paid to use [their]software for its Windows 95 system”. They say that the two fonts weren’t even covered in the agreement to begin with. Yikes. Microsoft is appealing the court’s decision by claiming that the fonts were in fact covered by the agreement and that there was a “legitimate right” to use them. [Obama Pacman]