Microsoft Corp announced software that allows record companies to restrict unauthorized copying of compact discs amid falling sales due to piracy, the Wall Street Journal said, citing Microsoft and record companies. \nVivendi Universal SA's Universal Music Group and EMI Group Plc said they're looking at possible inclusion on their CDs of the technology, which was announced at the Midem music conference in Cannes, the Journal reported. \n"What we're doing is making CDs a little less copyable in order to stop redistribution" of music, said Larry Kenswil, president of Universal's eLabs, according to the Journal. \nCD sales fell 7 percent in the first half of last year, a decline that recording companies blame on CD recording and Internet piracy, according to the Journal. \nIn related news, EMI Group Plc, Sony Corp and other record labels, which lost more than US$5 billion of sales to illegal CD piracy and Internet downloading last year, will introduce new licensing agreements in a bid to reduce piracy, the Financial Times said, citing no one. \nLosses linked to piracy rose 20 percent last year from 2001, the paper said, citing industry estimates. Global music sales fell almost 10 percent last year, reducing the retail value of the market to about US$30 billion, its lowest in a decade, the Financial Times said. \nPiracy was responsible for two-thirds of last year's sales decline in the US, the paper said, citing the Recording Industry Association of America. \n"The future could be bleak unless we are more pro-active in both lifting consumer sales and anti-piracy measures," the paper cited Hilary Rosen, chairman of the RIAA, as saying.
ONGOING PROBE: A former Military Intelligence Bureau colonel, major general and another colonel, as well as five other people, have been questioned by prosecutors The Taipei District Court yesterday ordered that a retired colonel from the Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) calling himself Taiwan’s “first special agent” be detained and held incommunicado as part of an ongoing investigation into espionage allegations targeting at least three former bureau officials. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office was seeking to detain former MIB colonel Chang Chao-jan (張超然) over his alleged involvement in introducing retired agents to Chinese national security authorities and passing confidential documents to China. Chang’s actions, if proven, would contravene the National Security Act (國家安全法), which carries a prison term of three to 10 years, and the National Intelligence
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A Chinese soldier apprehended earlier this week by the Indian Army after he strayed across a tense de facto border was on Tuesday night handed back to China, an Indian government source in New Delhi said yesterday. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier had on Monday been captured in the Demchok area of eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army said in a statement. The Chinese military also released a statement, saying that Corporal Wang Yalong was handed over early yesterday. New Delhi on Monday said that it had detained Wang after he crossed into Indian-controlled territory, while China announced that Wang had gotten