Janette Toral

NBI praised for successful raids vs. software pirates

In Infotech on December 3, 2005 at 3:59 am

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a non-profit trade group consisting of the world’s biggest software manufacturers, applauded the National Bureau of Investigation’s Intellectual Property Rights Division for its series of successful raids against violators of the copyright law. 

Since the start of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team crackdown last September, the NBI-IPR Division headed by Attorney Jose Justo Yap, has already raided eight companies found to be using software without proper licenses, and has arrested an American and his Filipino pal for selling pirated software. 

Just recently, the NBI conducted a raid against the three branches of Expressions Center for Learning or Excel, a large Internet café chain with more than 40 branches nationwide.  During the raid, the NBI agents were able to confiscate 286 desktop computers and software worth P10 million.

The BSA maintains an anti-piracy hotline for reports on companies using unlicensed software or for inquiries on software piracy.  Individuals may call the BSA anti-piracy hotlines at 819-5897 (Metro Manila) or the toll-free 1-800-1-888-8787 (outside Metro Manila). A report piracy form is also available on the BSA Philippines website at www.bsa.org/philippines.

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