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US court rejects dismissal motion in Green Dam suit

The motion for dismissal of a lawsuit concerning Green Dam, a ChineseInternet-filtering software, has been denied by the US District Court in the Central District of California, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The developers of Green Dam, Zhengzhou Jinhui Computer System Engineering Ltd and Beijing Dazheng Human Language Technology Academy Ltd, both declined to comment, when contacted by the Global Times.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology required the installation of Green Dam software in all computers put up for sale starting July 1, 2009.

However, the installation was made optional just two months later as pressure mounted from international companies and Chinese citizens.

According to previous report by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, Cybersitter LCC, a California-based software maker, brought a lawsuit to federal courts in Los Angeles on January 6, seeking $2.2 billion in damages.

The company alleged that Green Dam had stolen its software code.

Personal computer makers Sony, Acer, BenQ, Asustek, Lenovo and Haier are also involved in this case, as Green Dam was ordered to be installed on their products.

These computer makers claimed that, given the fact that most of the suit-related companies are in China, bringing the case before a US court was a questionable move.- Global Times

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