Ministry’s antipiracy efforts paying off


  • Technology
  • Friday, 02 Jul 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur enforcement office of the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry notched up 39 copyright piracy cases, involving the seizure of illegal items worth RM1.5mil and the arrest of 20 people so far this year. State enforcement chief Othman Nawang said the cases involved pirated computer software and illegal ringtone downloads.

He attributed the successes to the national-level campaign to stamp out piracy launched by the minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, on May 10.

“Piracy will tarnish our country’s image and incur losses to copyright owners,” he told reporters at his office here yesterday.

Othman said the division seized six computers and illegal software valued at a total of RM312,800 from a graphics company during its most recent operation.

The 12.30pm raid, conducted in collaboration with the Business Software Alliance, found that the pirated software was being used for photo editing, animation, antivirus protection, and wordprocessing. — Bernama

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