PNP Advises Companies Allegedly Victimized By Software Pirates
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Manila, Philippines – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCD) of the PNP has started sending out letters to some business establishments in Cebu City that have been reported to the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) website for alleged use of software with no proper licenses.

The letter, signed by Police Senior Superintendent Noel delos Reyes, head of the AFCCD, advised the concerned business owner: "The report may be unsubstantiated but there is still that possibility that your business may have indeed been a victim of software piracy without your knowledge. As such, the Division would like to advise your firm to conduct necessary system checks in order to determine if the allegation is true or false."

"The P-TIP will schedule a visit to your office anytime during the last half of January 2007. Such assistance will be provided by the PAPT at no cost to your business," the letter further stated.

Sending out letter advisories is part of the PAPT’s awareness campaign against the use of unlicensed software. The PAPT encourages companies to self-regulate and protect their businesses against the detrimental effects of using pirated software.

The PAPT is also coordinating with private organizations such as the Business Software Alliance in forming a PAPT Technical Inspection Panel (P-TIP), a team that could assist the companies in determining whether the software they are using is licensed or not.

The PAPT is a government-led initiative to fight software piracy in the Philippines. Its members are composed of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Optical Media Board (OMB) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). In 2006, the PAPT conducted a nationwide crackdown against companies that continue to use pirated software.

Despite this innovative approach being adopted by the PAPT, Police Sr. Supt. delos Reyes intimated that the conduct of raids against software pirates by the PNP will still continue in 2007.

Through its website, www.papt.org.ph, the PAPT is continuously receiving reports on software piracy. Similar letters were also sent to companies from other parts of the country that have been reported to the PAPT website.


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