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Saturday June 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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GEORGE TOWN: Enforcement officers raided a fitness and lifestyle equipment manufacturer here for using pirated software and seized computers worth RM117,600.
State Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry chief enforcement officer Abdul Rosik Yakub said the raid was part of the ongoing nationwide anti-piracy campaign called Ops Semak Tulen.
He said a team of six enforcement officers and five representatives from software copyright owners conducted the raid on Thursday.
Three computers together with peripherals and 20 copies of suspected pirated software were seized.
Abdul Rosik said the raid was a renewed focus of enforcement in Penang after Ops Semak Tulen was launched by ministry enforcement director Mohd Roslan Mahayudin in February.
The operation included a two-month grace period for errant companies while flyers were distributed to educate them against the use of pirated software.
Abdul Rosik added that this was the first time a raid was conducted with officers from the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
So far this year, there were 10 cases being investigated under the Copyright Act 1987.
BSA’s Asia Pacific senior director for anti-piracy Tarun Sawney said that while Ops Semak Tulen was an educational effort, senior managers and company directors still had to ensure computer software they used was legal and licensed.
“Ultimately, if a business is found with illegal copies of software, the business as well as its directors, proprietors and senior managers may face action,” he said in a statement.
The Copyright Act 1987 carries a fine of between RM2,000 and RM20,000 for each infringing copy of software, a jail sentence of up to five years or both upon conviction.
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