5 million pesos worth of computers with pirated software seized by PNP. Drugcheck Philippines, Inc. executives invited to CIDG for questioning.
Monday, December 4, 2006

Pasig City, Philippines - A drug testing center and laboratory was recently raided by the agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (CIDG-AFCCD) of the Philippine National Police for the alleged use of unlicensed software in their business.

Drugcheck Philippines, Inc., with head office at the 2nd and 3rd floors of New Rosario Arcade, # 42 Ortigas Extension, Rosario, Pasig City, was found using pirated software in their business operations. The CIDG-AFCCD agents examined computers used in the different departments of the company including its Human Resources, Audit and Laboratory Departments.

The raid was carried out by virtue of search warrants issued by Manila RTC Executive Judge Reynaldo Ros.  The police seized a total of 41 computers loaded with various pirated software titles belonging to Adobe Systems, Microsoft Corporation and Symantec. The total items seized amounted to almost PhP 5 million.

“Upon inspection of their computers, we have found that most of the programs installed have no licenses. The use of unlicensed software is copyright infringement. It is similar to stealing someone’s physical property such as cars,” said Police Senior Superintendent Noel delos Reyes, Chief of the AFCCD.

Senior officers of Drugcheck Philippines namely Zenaida Nicolas, CEO, and John Katindig, General Manager and Vice President, were invited to the AFCCD office for questioning. “Trying to save on costs by using pirated software has damaging consequences to one’s business. Companies should not take this route. Software piracy is theft and we are determined to go after companies committing this act,” said delos Reyes.

Drugcheck operates with 78 branches nationwide, each having one computer. Following the result of the raid in the head office, police investigators suspect that the computers used in these branches may also be loaded with unlicensed software.

Several government agencies have been working together to fight piracy in the country.  The Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (www.papt.org.ph), a government-led campaign composed of the National Bureau of Investigation, the Optical Media Board and the PNP, has been doing enforcement actions against IPR violators.

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