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.
‘HONORED’: The DPP’s Lin Fei-fan said friends working in the foreign media, the diplomatic corps and at think tanks congratulated him for making the sanctions list The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday slammed China for sanctioning Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) and six other Taiwanese officials for being “diehard separatists,” saying its attempt to intimidate Taiwanese would backfire. China has no authority to dictate the actions of Taiwanese, because Taiwan is a democratic nation that upholds the rule of law, and would never yield to intimidation and threats from an authoritarian regime, ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) told a news conference in Taipei. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency earlier yesterday reported that the Taiwan Work Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee has imposed
THAI ASSISTANCE: The representative office in Thailand worked with local authorities to help trafficking victims return home, while one in the group has been charged Eight Taiwanese who were lured to Cambodia with lucrative job offers only to be forced to work illegally were brought home on Sunday night in a joint effort between Taiwanese and Thai authorities, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said. Nine people — six men and three women aged 23 to 42 — boarded China Airlines Flight CI-836 from Bangkok, with assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 9:55pm and were taken to the Aviation Police Bureau for questioning before entering home isolation in accordance with Taiwan’s COVID-19 regulations. The Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday
ORDNANCE: Under a five-year plan, the Chungshan Institute would make about 200 Hsiung Feng II and III/IIIE, and Hsiung Sheng missiles, an official said The Ministry of National Defense plans to counter the Chinese navy by producing more than 1,000 anti-ship missiles over the next five years, a defense official familiar with the matter said yesterday. The comments came after China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy began a series of military drills in a simulated naval blockade of Taiwan proper following a visit to Taipei by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Although China has in the past few years rapidly produced many warships and added them to its navy, these large vessels are more suited for warfare on the open sea than in the narrow
The organizers of WorldPride 2025 have canceled the Kaohsiung event because its licensing group, InterPride, demanded that it remove “Taiwan” from the event’s name, they said in a statement yesterday. Kaohsiung was to host WorldPride Taiwan 2025 after being granted the right by the global LGBTQ advocacy group. However, the WorldPride 2025 Taiwan Preparation Committee said that InterPride recently gave “abrupt notice” asking it to change the name of the event and use “Kaohsiung” instead of “Taiwan,” even though it applied for the event using “Taiwan” in its name. The name was initially chosen for its significance to the Taiwanese LGBTQ community, as