I realize that many laws in Asia, especially regarding the protection of IPR, are barely enforced and are mostly passed just to get the US Trade Rep Office and the record companies, software companies and movie companies off their backs, so the governments can pretend they’ve taken action against piracy when the actual impact will be close to nil.
But I wonder if that will be the case with this new reg. China’s most successful tech company is Lenovo computers, which I understand was purchased by IBM, so now Lenovo is manufacturing millions of laptops and PCs for IBM in China and is required by law to install an OS on them. If they fail to do so, won’t IBM be pissed off that they’re flouting the law and exposing IBM to potential penalties and damage to its rep?
Surely a large percentage of HP, Dell and other machines are also made in China. Won’t those companies put pressure on their Chinese suppliers to comply with the law?
No-name machines made in China for domestic sale are a different matter and I expect they’ll continue to be sold without OS, but the ones for sale to reputable US companies and export from China: isn’t the law likely to have a significant effect with them?