PNP seizes 95 computers with pirated software from Internet Cafes in Intramuros
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Photo shows an agent of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) dismantling computers found to be loaded with unlicensed and pirated software from one of two internet cafes in Intramuros, Manila that were simultaneously raided by the police recently. During the raids, the police were able to seize 95 computers loaded with unlicensed copies of software valued at P2.6 million.
Manila, Philippines – The Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) entered another software pirates infested territory as agents of the Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCD) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) swooped down on Internet Cafes in Intramuros and confiscated 95 computers loaded with allegedly pirated business software. The 95 computers were valued at P2.6 million.
Two groups of the police raiding team simultaneously served search warrants against Adams Netpro Internet Café and Warzone Internet Café, all located along Victoria St. in Intramuros, Manila. These simultaneous operations surprised the attendants and customers of the said i-cafes and caused the other neighboring i-cafes to close their shops.
During the raids, members of the PAPT Inspection Panel (P-TIP) inspected the desktop computers for evidence against alleged software piracy.
Under the Intellectual Property Code, unauthorized reproduction and use of computer programs such as the Microsoft Windows software constitutes copyright infringement.
“We strongly advise business establishments to make sure their computers are free from unlicensed and pirated software to spare them from the risk of being raided,” said PSupt. Rene Ong, head of the CIDG-AFCCD.
“The PAPT has been conducting series of enforcement operations against all forms of businesses involved in software piracy. The all-out war against business establishments using unlicensed software have been intensified and more are getting caught everyday,” PSupt. Ong added.
In the past two months, members of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) including the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Optical Media Board (OMB) and the PNP have conducted series of separate enforcement operations against all forms of business establishments from Internet Cafes to big corporations allegedly using pirated software. Updates on the recent PAPT activities are available at the PAPT website, www.papt.org.ph.