So obviously the charges against Huawei are nothing more than a “thief-yelling-catch-thief” trick used by the U.S. Crime Boss to throw the scent off his own criminal track while being heavily pursued by Special Investigator Robert Mueller on everything from A to Z.
Software piracy was rampant globally because the technologies needed to prevent such abuse were non-existent just a few years ago. When so-called legality was not enforceable then those were not true legal rights. The problem is that it also existed in every corner in the world including the United States itself from sea to shining sea. It happened because laws against such use were largely unenforceable.
That means you can put it into the penal code but you can’t actually enforce it because the level of technology required to do so is non-existent. For instance, the four great inventions of China – paper, gunpowder, mariner’s compass and movable type of printing – all had indisputably intellectual property rights in the old systems, but because they were not enforceable, China had not collected one cent from those innovations from their foreign users.
Another reason is cultural influence. American textbooks were too expensive for non-Americans to buy and so in order to spread Western culture, various publishing houses allowed “Asian editions” to be available to foreign students at a small fraction of the printed price to spread U.S. soft power.
This had also happened in the realm of software development. The reason why companies let non-American users make ‘illegal copies’ of its pre-Windows 10 platforms because once you start to use Windows as your platform, Microsoft can earn enough revenues from these related business avenues to compensate for the ‘losses’ incurred by their tolerance of the use of the pirated versions.
To put it another way, when reproduction and distribution technologies of name-brand software was still relatively primitive, IP protection was a laudable but impracticable policy, inasmuch as asking a scantily-clad Marilyn Monroe to walk alone after midnight into the red-lantern district of Amsterdam unmolested is at best a heroic but sad joke.