Cybersitter LLC, the software company which was formerly known as SolidOak, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Chinese government and several prominent computer manufacturers including Sony and Lenovo.
The software developer accuses them of "misappropriating" the code of its internet filtering software and using it in the "Green Dam" project.
The Santa Barbara, California based family-owned software company was one of the first to provide an internet filtering software that allowed parents to bar pornographic websites for their children's computers.
Cybersitter has filed a $2.2 billion (£1.3 billion) lawsuit which alleges misappropriation of codes, copyright infringement and conspiracy. Greg Fayer, a lawyer representing the company, said that “This lawsuit aims to strike a blow against the all-too-common practices of foreign software manufacturers and distributors who believe that they can violate the intellectual property rights of small American companies with impunity without being brought to justice in US courts,"
The trouble started when, in an attempt to prevent Chinese youth from watching pornography and other inappropriate content, the Chinese government passed a decree which made it mandatory for computer companies to provide the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software developed by the government, with every computer they sold in China after 1st July 2009.
This is David vs Goliath but on a very different scale altogether due to the nature of the involved parties. The Chinese government is very unlikely to give up or even reply to Cybersitter's request.