OMB doing inspection rounds of MM businesses to check for pirated software
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Manila, Philippines - The Optical Media Board (OMB), a member of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), has been doing the rounds of busy business districts of Metro Manila with unannounced visits to companies to check if they are using pirated and unlicensed software in their business operations.

Among the areas that were visited are Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Quezon City, Parañaque and Taguig. The intensified operation of the team is part of the crackdown campaign of the PAPT under the Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late! campaign.

“The OMB is committed to tracking down businesses that continue to use pirated and unlicensed software. We have been conducting unannounced and random visits of numerous businesses across the country since March this year to complement the PAPT educational campaigns and the raids conducted by the NBI and the PNP,” said OMB Chairman Edu Manzano.

“During these visits, OMB agents conduct physical inventory of the software programs that are utilized in the working stations and compare them with the proofs of license that are presented to them. Our agents have been properly trained to undertake this examination,” Manzano added.

Earlier this year, the OMB had already visited businesses in North and Central Luzon, South Luzon and Cebu. The OMB visits resulted in the seizures of several computers loaded with unlicensed and pirated copies of business software, as well as pirated or illegally reproduced CD installers of software programs.

Atty. Bien Marquez, Consultant for the Philippines of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), commends the innovative approach of the OMB and other members of the PAPT to address the prevailing problems on corporate end-users of pirated and unlicensed business software.

“Since PAPT’s intensified enforcement and educational campaign started early this year, we have seen increased interest and awareness on the campaigns against software piracy. We have also been receiving higher number of calls and feedback in the BSA hotline, as well as through the channels of our members. This initiative of the PAPT is definitely making a positive difference for the local software industry and we commend the government for that,” Marquez said.

The use of unlicensed and pirated software is a violation of the Optical Media Law and the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and is punishable by up to nine years imprisonment and a maximum fine of 1.5 million pesos.

For more information about the PAPT and the “Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!” campaign, call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 692-9516 or visit www.papt.org.ph.


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