Continuing the crackdown against software piracy. NBI raids Decision Support Systems, Inc.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Manila, Philippines – The Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recently raided Decision Support Systems, Inc. with office at 2nd Floor, No. 197-B EDSA, Mandaluyong City for alleged use of pirated software.
Above photo shows computers with pirated software installed which were confiscated by the NBI during the raid against Decision Support Systems, Inc.
Backed by a search warrant issued by Manila RTC Acting Executive Judge Felixberto Olalia, Jr., the raiding team was able to seize 47 computers loaded with unauthorized copies of software belonging to Microsoft Corporation and Symantec Corporation. Total cost of items seized amounted to almost 4.5 million pesos.
Criminal charges for violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines are now being readied against the erring company. If proven guilty, officers of the company may face penalties of up to nine years imprisonment and a fine of up to 1.5 million pesos.
Attorney Jose Justo Yap, head of NBI-IPRD said: “The NBI has been constantly striving to combat software piracy through continuous raids and vigilance in order to reduce the negative impact of piracy on companies and businesses operating in the Philippines.”
Working with the NBI is the Optical Media Board (OMB) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). These three agencies composed the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team, a government-led initiative to fight software piracy in the country.
The Team has been conducting series of raids against establishments that continue to violate Intellectual Property Rights in form of software piracy in different parts of the country.