Crackdown on pirated software users continues

Story at: http://pakobserver.net/200603/07/news/lahore03.asp

Staff Reporter

Lahore—The law enforcing personnel taking legal action against a computer dealer here on Wahdat Road arrested three persons and seized 1109 CDs and five brand new computers for dealing in pirated software.

“This police action reveals the dangers companies may face if they continue to ignore the software copyright law and do not have adequate software management procedures in place,” said Al Redha, Co-Chairman, Business Software Alliance (BSA), Middle East in a press statement issued here Monday.

He said the law enforcement activities will be carried out throughout the country until manufacturing, distribution and use of illegal software is dramatically reduced.

Al Redha has asked all the hard disk loaders to ensure that software utilised in their operations is legal, as they will be held personally accountable for this crime.

He said, “BSA is targeting both the small and big companies and organizations violating the copyright law under its nationwide campaign, to protect the intellectual property rights of the software producers.”

He said BSA is a global anti-software theft trade body formed by world’s leading software producers including Adobe, AutoDesk, Macromedia, Microsoft, Novell and Symantec. It is now operating in more than 80 countries throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America.

Al Redha commended the government’s efforts in cracking down on illegal software producers and said this would promote the country’s IT sector and its economy as the pirates, despite earning huge profits, do not pay any taxes. “BSA will continue to work with the government to help reduce the rate of piracy in the country,” he reiterated.

He observed, “Software copying is bad for any business as a company can end up paying a lot of fines for breaching the copyright law” and added, unlicensed software exposes them to legal cases which can cost thousands of rupees to settle.

The country’s copyright law provides for penalties that can result in up to three years in prison, or fines of up to Rs. 200,000, and seizure of equipment used for illegal copying, he pointed out.

The BSA’s members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Bentley Systems, Borland, Cisco Systems, CNC Software, Dell, Entrust, HP, IBM, Intel, Macromedia, McAfee, Microsoft, PTC, SAP, SolidWorks, Sybase, Symantec, Synopsys and UGS.

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