Web-based business solutions company in Ortigas raided for use of illegal software; 1.3 million pesos worth of unlicensed and pirated software seized
Monday, September 20, 2010
Above photo shows agents of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) serving search warrants against IZONE Technologies Philippines Corp. for software copyright infringement, which is a violation of RA 8293 or the IP Code of the Philippines. A total of 30 desktop computers loaded with unlicensed and pirated software programs with an estimated value of 1.3 million pesos were confiscated during the operation (See photo below).
Manila, Philippines – The Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCD) of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP – CIDG) recently conducted a raid against IZONE Technologies Philippines Corp., a web-based business solutions company in Ortigas Center, Pasig City for the company’s use of pirated and unlicensed software in their business operations. The police seized 1.3 million pesos worth of illegal software.
An intelligence report stating that the company was allegedly using pirated and unlicensed Adobe and Microsoft software reached the Business Software Alliance (BSA) hotline. The BSA, on behalf of its members, filed a complaint against IZONE Technologies Philippines Corp. for alleged software copyright infringement.
“IZ0NE Technologies states its commitment to providing world-class web-based business solutions such as web design, web development and online marketing. And yet their business practices include illegal software use, which is clearly not a mark of a globally competitive business company,” said PSSupt. Edgar Danao, chief of the PNP CIDG – AFCCD.
The PNP raiding team, armed with a search warrant issued by Manila RTC Judge Marivic T. Balisi-Umali, inspected all the computers found in IZONE Technologies’ office at the 17th Floor of The Orient Square Building, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. They found that a total of 30 computers being used were loaded with unlicensed copies of Adobe and Microsoft software. The team also seized 28 pirated CD installers containing counterfeit copies of various software programs belonging to Adobe and Microsoft Corporations.
“The PNP has been going all-out in conducting raids against business establishments involved in the use and sale of unlicensed and pirated software. Since the start of the year, we’ve already seized over 67 million pesos worth of illegal software installers and computers loaded pirated and unlicensed software,” Danao added.
The PNP raid is part of the ongoing crackdown campaign of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), government led-initiative which aims to curb software piracy in the country through the coordinated efforts of the National Bureau of Investigation, the Optical Media Board and the PNP. The aim of the campaign is to establish software piracy-free zones across the archipelago.
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).