NBI captures 17 organizations for software piracy: Organizations nabbed included business software users and pirated software retailers
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Manila, Philippines – In a span of just two months, the National Bureau of Investigation’s Intellectual Property Rights Division (NBI-IPRD) has conducted separate enforcement actions against 17 businesses allegedly involved in software piracy. This was announced by NBI Director Nestor Mantaring during a press briefing at the bureau’s headquarters.
Fourteen (14) of the companies raided were caught using computers that were allegedly loaded with different versions of pirated software. Three were branches of a computer store apprehended for selling computers allegedly loaded with unlicensed software.
“All of the 14 corporate offices that were raided by our IPRD Team are operating within some of the biggest business districts in Metro Manila, namely eight (8) in Makati City, three (3) in Quezon City, and three (3) in Pasig City. The three computer stores on the other hand are located in Binangonan and Cainta, Rizal,” noted Director Mantaring.
The abovementioned raids resulted in the seizure of 136 computers (desktops and laptops) and 8 CPUs loaded with unlicensed and pirated copies of different versions of software, as well as multiple CD installers of various software programs, valued at more than 51 million pesos.
The NBI raids were part of the campaign of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team, of which NBI is a member along with the Optical Media Board (OMB) and Philippine National Police (PNP). The PAPT, a government-led initiative to curb software piracy, has recently announced a nationwide campaign to map out software piracy-free zones across the country.
The PAPT continues to warn businesses that the use and sale of unlicensed and pirated software is a criminal offence and is punishable by up to 9 years imprisonment and fine of up to P1.5 million.
“The NBI raids, and all the other activities of the PAPT, are not concentrated in limited areas. We at the NBI, along with our PAPT partners – the PNP and the OMB, will continue to be relentless in doing enforcement actions against software copyright infringers in more areas in the coming weeks,” warned Director Mantaring.
Among the businesses raided by the NBI were the following:
1. Rolando Mercado Design Associates/RMDA Architects Co. with an office in Makati City;
2. Buruoj Architectural & Interior Design Services with an office in Makati City;
3. Moanima Inc. with an office at 11F Vicente Madrigal Bldg., 6783 Ayala Ave., Makati City;
4. Mizuken Global Solutions Inc. with an office at 1606 Antel 2000 Corporate Center, 121 valero St., Makati City;
5. Arlen P. De Guzman Designs Associates Co. with an office at 1274 Captain Apolinario St., Bangkal Makati City;
6. Gateway Network Solutions Inc. / GN Solutions Inc. with an office at Unit 359 3F Mile Long bldg., Rufino Cor Amorsolo St., Makati;
7. Gateway Network Solutions Inc. / GN Solutions Inc. with an office at Unit 363 3F Mile Long bldg., Rufino Cor Amorsolo St., Makati;
8. DQA Environmental Design Inc. with an office at 3F Cacho Gonzales Bldg., 101 Aguirre cor. Trasierra St., Legaspi Village., Makati City;
9. Tyger 828 with an office at Rooms 201–204, AD Center Square, Evangelista Street corner Amang Rodriguez Avenue, Pasig City;
10. X-Habit with an office at 1251 El Inventor Complex, Amang Rodriguez Avenue (formerly Manggahan), Pasig City;
11. Avecs Corp. and/or Avecs Steelworks and Services Inc. with an office at #21 Don Gregorio St., Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City;
12. Microsourcing Phils. Inc. with an office at 9F Ecommerce Plaza Bldg., Eastwood Cyberpark, Bagong Bayan, Quezon City;
13. Functionsmith Sales & Services and/or Functionsmith Inc. with an office at #781 Acasio St., Octagon Industrial Estate Subdv., dela Paz, Pasig City; and
14. Hilmarcs Construction Corp., with an office at 1835 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Cubao, Quezon City.
The raids also included three (3) branches of PC Republic Enterprises namely:
1. Cainta Branch in RDS Center Building, Imelda Avenue (formerly F. P. Felix Ave.), Cainta, Rizal;
2. Binangonan Branch in Lot 1, National Road, Binangonan, Rizal; and
3. Junction Branch in San Buena Building, Junction, Cainta, Rizal.
For more information about the PAPT and its campaigns, visit www.papt.org.ph or call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 692-9516.