PAPT cracks down on South Metro businesses using unlicensed software
Wednesday, March 16, 2011





Photo above shows Optical Media Board (OMB) Executive Director Atty. Cyrus Valenzuela and OMB Chairman Ronnie Ricketts. A member of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), the OMB leads the routine inspections of businesses in South Metro for illegal software use.


Manila, Philippines (17 March 2011) –The Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) goes on an enforcement blitz south of Metro Manila towards Alabang, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Cavite and Laguna to go after businesses suspected of using unlicensed software and level the competitive field in these areas.

“We have received many reports of companies in those areas that are using pirated software. We will jolt these companies from their smug and blatant violation of the country’s IP laws. No company will be spared – whether big, medium or small. We would advise them to make sure they are compliant with their software before it’s too late,” Mr. Ronnie Ricketts, Chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB), declared.

PAPT, composed of OMB, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) was formed by the government in 2005 to bring down software piracy in the country. Software piracy in the Philippines, which currently stands at a high 69%, has cost billions of pesos in actual and potential losses for the economy, in thousands of lost jobs lost, and in unearned tax revenues for the government which could have been used for projects to help bring down the level of poverty.

Ricketts pointed out that the PAPT, of which OMB, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are members, are not out to get legitimate and compliant business firms. Rather, it wants to help them compete in a more level playing field against competitors not playing by the rules.

“It is not right that the unethical companies gain unfair advantage over ethical ones. Companies that operate efficiently and ethically must be the ones rewarded by the market, not the cheaters using pirated software. The latter better clean up their act, or they will be apprehended and punished to the full extent of the law,” the OMB official pointed out.

Meanwhile, Atty. Cyrus Valenzuela, Executive Director of the OMB reminded businessmen in the area that software piracy is a crime punishable by up to nine years imprisonment and a fine of up to P1.5 million under the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines.

“Just as damaging to businesses and their owners and managers, if not more so, is their shattered business reputation when the raids on their establishments are reported in media. A tainted corporate reputation is something that will take long and will be hard to recover from,” Valenzuela warned.

For more information on PAPT campaigns and details on the PAPT countdown, call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 692-9516 or visit www.papt.org.ph.


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