Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team intensifies software piracy crackdown in Pasig, QC
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A PAPT agent checks on the legitimacy of computer software installed in one workstation during a routine inspection in one of the corporate offices in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. PAPT agents have undergone capacity building trainings to familiarize them on software licensing guidelines.
Manila, Philippines - Christmas is coming but the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) has not wavered in its campaign against businesses engaging in software piracy. Recently, the PAPT announced a citywide crackdown against businesses in Pasig City and Quezon City areas that are allegedly using pirated and unlicensed software.
As part of this campaign, the Optical Media Board (OMB), a member of the PAPT, has conducted random routine inspections on 14 corporate offices in Pasig and Quezon City areas to check on the legality of the software that they use in their operations. Most of the businesses that were inspected were found to be allegedly using pirated copies of various computer software programs. Officers of these businesses were summoned to the OMB office and were ordered to fully legitimize their software use before end of the year to avoid criminal and administrative charges.
“We urge businesses to operate legally and invest on licensed software in their operations. Let us be fair to those that comply with the country’s software copyright laws,” said Atty. Cyrus Paul Valenzuela, OMB Executive Director.
Under the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines, the use of unlicensed software is a criminal offense punishable by up to nine years imprisonment and a fine of up to P1.5 million.
Meanwhile, agents of the Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCD) of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), another member of the PAPT, have started to roam around IT centers in Metro Manila to discourage hard disk loading, the most common form of software piracy in computer retail stores.
Hard disk loading is the unscrupulous installation of pirated software for free onto the computers that are sold to customers to attract more sales. The team visited computer stores in Greenhills, San Juan City and Gilmore, Quezon City and reminded store owners and attendants to refrain from offering to load pirated software onto the computers that they are selling. If found guilty, the store owner and/or the attendant may face criminal complaint for software copyright infringement.
For more information on PAPT campaigns, call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 692-9516 or visit www.papt.org.ph.