NBI raids user of pirated software in Cavite Economic Zone
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Manila, Philippines – The Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) of the National Bureau of Investigation recently raided a Korean company located inside Cavite Economic Zone for suspected use of pirated software programs in its business.
The NBI acted on a complaint by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) on reports received through the BSA anti-piracy hotline that Headline I & C (Phils.), Inc. is allegedly using pirated software programs of Autodesk, Adobe and Microsoft. With a search warrant issued by the Honorable Mercedes Posada-Lacap, 2nd Vice-Executive Judge of Manila RTC Branch 15, the NBI seized 32 units of desktop computers and several compact disc installers containing unauthorized reproductions and unlicensed copies of Autodesk, Adobe and Microsoft software programs which amounted to almost Php 3.3 million.
“Upon investigation, we have found that Headline is using unlicensed software programs,, a clear violation of R.A. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines,” said Attorney Jose Justo Yap, chief of NBI IPR Division.
Headline I & C (Phils.), Inc. with address at Lot 1B-Block 6, Road E, Phase 2, PEZA, Rosario, Cavite is a manufacturer of walkie-talkie, cordless phones, cellular phones and other similar equipment.
The BSA, a non-profit organization promoting the use of licensed software with members such as Autodesk, Adobe and Microsoft, has lauded the NBI’s successful enforcement action against the said Korean company. “The NBI has once again successfully enforced the copyright law when it raided another company suspected of using pirated and unlicensed software. We would like to thank the NBI for being our ally in promoting the use of legal software among business organizations and in addressing the problem of software piracy in the Philippines,” said Ronald Chua, Chair of BSA Philippines Committee.
Together with the Optical Media Board and the Philippine National Police, the NBI is part of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (www.papt.org.ph) formed by the government to intensify the fight against piracy.