NBI Raids Companies Using Unlicensed Software
Agents of the Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has conducted simultaneous raids against several engineering and construction companies for allegedly using unlicensed business software programs in their business.
The NBI raided NFF Industrial Corporation in Mandaluyong City for allegedly using unlicensed AutoCAD 2005; Pathland Development Corporation in Pasig City for unlicensed AutoCAD 2000 and AutoDesk Architectural Desktop; C.M. Pancho Construction, Inc. in Quezon City for unlicensed AutoCAD Release 14, AutoCAD 2000 and AutoCAD 2002; PDR Technology Asia, Inc. in Makati City for unlicensed AutoCAD 2000; Federal Land, Inc. in Makati City for unlicensed AutoCAD; and Step One Property Builders, Inc. in Makati City for unlicensed AutoCAD 2000. The NBI seized a total of 30 personal computers and servers and software programs estimated to be worth R7.5 million.
Reports on the companies using unlicensed Autodesk software programs were received through the anti-piracy hotline of the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The NBI raided these companies after verifying the reports and securing search warrants from Executive Judge Antonio M. Eugenio, Jr. of the Manila RTC Branch 24.
"The BSA lauds the NBI for its successful enforcement of the copyright law. We strongly advocate that companies use only properly licensed software in order to avoid the legal consequences that may follow. We are talking here about companies who are profiting directly in their business through the use of illegal business software," said Tarun Sawney, BSA Director of Anti-Piracy, Asia. …