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Two Singaporean companies in Batam Island suspected of using illegal software

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 19, 2013
Under Indonesia’s copyright law, software copyright infringement for commercial purposes carries a US$43, 000 fine and/or a five-year jail term.

Organisations with overseas businesses should practise good software housekeeping across all their premises, urged the BSA| The Software Alliance.

This advice comes after the recent raid of two Singapore joint venture companies and one Indonesian shipping company in Batam Island for suspected use of illegal software. The crackdown, which took place last Wednesday (13 November 2013), saw the Indonesian police seizing 35 computers and suspected pirated copies of Adobe, Autodesk, McAfee and Microsoft worth US$68,218 in total.

If found guilty under Indonesia's copyright law, the three companies will each face a fine of US$43,000, or a five-year jail term, or both. The infringers might also face civil actions from the copyright owners if the latter chooses to pursue it.

In similar case, the Singapore Police last week seized 50 computers and suspected infringing software worth US$100,321 from a China-headquartered company with branch offices in Hong Kong and the UK.

Tarun Sawney, BSA Asia Pacific's senior director of anti-piracy, said that the software piracy trend across geographies will continue worsen unless "organisations take responsibility for software licensing and implement good software asset management practices across all their operations".  

 

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