Microsoft has reportedly lodged a formal complaint against four state-owned Chinese companies asking them to stop using unlicensed versions of its software.
Bloomberg reported that Microsoft made the complaint on Friday, targeting the China Railway Construction Corp, TravelSky Technology, China Post Group and China National Petroleum Corporation.
Microsoft reportedly made the complaint to a government panel being overseen by China's vice premier Wang Qishan nearly a month ago.
Wang apparently met with Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer in May to discuss ways to stop Chinese companies using pirated software.
Microsoft declined to confirm the reports when contacted by V3, but highlighted its efforts to stem the tide of piracy of its software in the country.
"Microsoft works with a variety of organisations around the world to highlight the benefits of increased protection of IP rights. This includes ongoing discussions with China about promoting innovation and protecting intellectual property," the firm said.
"We are pleased with the progress China has made to protect IP over the past year, and look forward to continued progress in the year ahead."
At the time of publishing the Chinese foreign embassy had not responded to V3's request for comment on Bloomberg's report.
China is currently believed to be a hub for piracy and cyber crime. Only this week security firm Trend Micro issued a report suggesting the Chinese government sponsors hacker teams to mount cyber campaigns against Western governments.
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