PAPT raid in Ortigas nets over P5M worth of pirated software
Friday, June 25, 2010
Above photo shows police officers checking the authenticity of the software installed in computers at the premises of New-Fields (Asia Pacific), Inc. A total of 83 computers found loaded with unlicensed and pirated software programs were seized during the raid (See below photo).
Manila, Philippines – A recent raid conducted by the Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCD) of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against a business establishment in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, resulted in the seizure of more than 5.4 million pesos worth of pirated and unlicensed software.
The raid stemmed from a complaint filed by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) on behalf of its members. New-Fields (Asia Pacific), Inc. was reported to the hotline of the BSA for allegedly utilizing computers with unlicensed and pirated software belonging to BSA members.
“New Fields is in the business of organizing corporate events that promotes best practices in business. It is unfortunate that they themselves were caught in this situation of conducting business in an unlawful manner by using unlicensed and pirated software,” said PSSupt. Edgar Danao, chief of the PNP-CIDG-AFCCD.
Armed with search warrant issued by Manila RTC Executive Judge Amor V. Reyes, police officers checked on all computers found in New-Fields’ office at the 16th Floor of Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) East Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. They found 83 computers loaded with unlicensed copies of different versions of Adobe and Microsoft software. Pirated CD installers containing counterfeit copies of various software programs belonging to Microsoft Corporation were also seized by the raiding team.
The PNP raid is part of the ongoing crackdown campaign of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) to establish software piracy-free zones across the archipelago. The PAPT is a government led-initiative which aims to curb software piracy in the country through the coordinated efforts of the National Bureau of Investigation, Optical Media Board and PNP.
Since the start of 2010, the PAPT has already conducted 20 raids against business establishments involved in the use and sale of pirated and unlicensed software and has seized computers loaded with pirated and unlicensed software as well as pirated software installers amounting to more than 67 million pesos. Nine (9) of these raids were in Makati, five (5) were in Pasig, three (3) were in Quezon City and three (3) were in Rizal province.
The use and sale of pirated and unlicensed software is a violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines carries a fine of up to P1.5 million and imprisonment of up to 9 years.
As part of its support to the PAPT, the BSA offers a reward of up to 1 million pesos for substantive reports on businesses suspected of using unlicensed software. Software piracy reports can be lodged through the BSA hotline, (02) 895-6438 and 1-800-10-BSA-HTLN (1-800-10-272-4856, toll free).
The PAPT has also declared a 20-day grace period to give time for businesses in Cebu to legalize their use of software before the crackdown operations start in the area. The countdown started on June 1, 2010 and will end on June 28, 2010. PAPT enforcement actions in Cebu will resume on June 29, 2010.
For more information on PAPT campaigns, call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 692-9516 or visit www.papt.org.ph.