OMB to file charges against businesses refusing inspection for pirated software
Friday, May 27, 2011
Manila, Philippines - The Optical Media Board, a member of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) along with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), warned companies that refuse to have their software inspected that they will face legal sanctions unless they show proof that they are using licensed software.
OMB recently undertook a sweep of South Metro business centers in Alabang, Paranaque, Las Pinas and as far as Cavite and Laguna to help level the playing field for companies using licensed software with those that are not. During its operations, several businesses were found to be using unlicensed software and their computers and software were seized. However, some refused to be inspected, causing OMB to arrange for court orders to be issued to them to allow such inspection.
The businesses that refused inspection will have to report to the OMB headquarters and present an inventory of all the software they are currently using, or they will face corresponding legal charges. Under the Optical Media Act, refusal of OMB’s inspection orders is against the law, and uncooperative persons or entities will be given appropriate sanctions.
The PAPT announced that they will be conducting more enforcement operations this month in Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City in pursuance of its mission to enforce IP laws and abolish software piracy in the Philippines which has been hurting the local IT industry and the country’s economy.
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.
For more information on PAPT campaigns, call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 692-9516 or visit www.papt.org.ph.