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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Curbs Counterfeits

BEIJING -- Thousands of Chinese bystanders cheered when a heavy-duty road roller scrunched its way through a 100 meter-long pile of pirated CD-ROMs and pornographic products, the Xinhua news agency said.

The roller destroyed 140,000 illegal video tapes and 10,000 pirated CD-ROMs confiscated by cultural bureau officials in Haikou, provincial capital of southern Hainan island, it said last week.

"A conference on cleaning up the culture market was also held before today's action with the aim of educating bookstore and cinema owners in the relevant laws and regulations," the agency said.

Beijing is under pressure from the United States to curb the widespread pirating of software in China, part of a wider dispute on intellectual property theft that has brought the two nations to the brink of a multibillion dollar trade war.

China says it is cracking down hard on producers and sellers of pirated computer software, who are often also accused of dealing in pornography.