Tech firm denies use of unauthorized software


MANILA, Philippines – One of the companies allegedly identified by a local team combatting software piracy in the country denied its use of unauthorized software.

In a letter to dated Jan. 10, 2014, Wade J. Cason, Peregrine Development International Inc. vice president and chief technology officer, said: “Contrary to what has been published, Peregrine does not use unauthorized software.”

Cason cited that in the “Certificate of Seizure” that was issued to the company by agents of the Optical Media Board (OMB) which conducted an inspection in the presence of representatives of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOHL), an OMB agent noted “N/A” because “no illegal software was seized from us and we have satisfactorily presented all our licenses and invoices to them”.

Quoting from Attorney Anthony Chadd Concepcion, OMB consultant, Cason said that the document, a copy of which was sent to, was OMB’s “standard template” and that “this does not mean that the company was being charged with violations of RA 9239 because the notations in the Certificate of Seizure would prove otherwise”.

Cason added that proof that Peregrine has been “compliant with the law” was when Martin San Pedro from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and IPOHL representative, told Joseph Lorenz Ramos, Peregrine’s Systems Administrator, that the company would be recommended as “role model for Software License Management”.

Peregrine was among 10 businesses identified by the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) as having allegedly used unauthorized software.

The OMB and IPOHL are two of the agencies involved in crackdown operations, along with the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation.

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  • unleadedzeppelin

    Bill Gates and other BSA members are so rich yet he is using our own government agencies to raid establishments using pirated software so that his profits will be bigger. They say they lost billions in income due to piracy but the truth is they overpriced their products a thousand times over. Remember when then pres Erap met with Gates and news reported that he was given millions of dollars in assistance? Erap was actually bringing home worthless CDs of outdated Windows programs. These greedy multinationals cause so much hardships and poverty in many 3rd world countries with connivance of their host governments who act as their thugs and goons.

    • Scrapper Keeper

      You do know that there is such a thing as open-source software, right?

      • Ornbort

        Dude ask a 67 year old CFO kung marunong sya mag email.

    • foreignerph

      If you think their software is overpriced, nobody forces you to buy it. If the Philippines has so many talented programmers, as I read sometimes, why don’t they write their own software and distribute it for free?

      • Ornbort

        all of you are correct. we shouldn’t waste resources protecting bill gates and hollywood. how much do they contribute to our GDP anyway? also, yes, there is open source software which is already at par with the best. Linux. Open Office. Photoshop is now downloadable for free legally. What’s your excuse? Security? LOL!

    • Nothandsome Nottrue

      kung walang nagpirata kakaunti lang ang matututong magcomputer. hindi sila dadami dahil masyadong mahal ang presyo. maski educational license eh napakamahal pa rin. dapat rationalize ang price lalo na sa third world countries.
      yun sinasabing loss of potential income ay kalokohan kasi, sino ang marunong kung hindi yun mga mayayan lang. eh iilan lang naman sila. yung mga natuto sa mga internet shop na bumili ng pc expect mo ba na bibili agad ng softwares na mas mahal pa sa pc eh hindi pa nga marunong? kaya pasalamat sila sa pirata mas dumami ang marunong at may CHANCE na bumili ng legal na softwares kung may pera na sila. you cannot expect a willing pirate to buy if he doesn’t want to buy. but still may chance pa rin.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    BSA/OMB meron silang mga agent na nag apply sa mga company as employee. don sila nag check kung gumagamit ang company ng illegal na software or not. yung dating pinasukan ko na work sa Makati noong 2005 ganon ang ginawa nila.
    meron kaming bagong pasok na programmer na marunong naman pero unknown to us gumagawa na pala ng list ng mga pirated software na ginagamit ng company lol.. hahaha after 1 month sa trabaho bigla nalang nag AWOL. ng mag check yung company naming yung mga info na binigay puro mali at walang ganon tao na nakatira sa address.
    after 1 month may nagpunta na taga BSA at may notice na for using Piracy. Hindi naman basta basta kaagad susugod yan NBI sa company. magbabayad ka lang ng penalty ek ek. I don’t know what my ex boss did para ma clear yung company nya.
    kaya mag mula non bago mag hire pinapa imbestiga muna haha

    • Lord_patawad

      akala ko, bago mag hire, tinitiyak muna ng company na licensed yung software na ginagamit nila.

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        may mga wais na kumpanya..for example yung MSDN account..bibili sila 1 license lang(not volume license)..pero 10 yung gagamit lol…

    • Ornbort

      HR Failure. They should do background checks on new hires, especially in sensitive positions like computer programmer.

  • caloyski65

    wala naman nagagawa yang OMB…sa greenhills at sa quiapo eh nagkalat pa rin tyun mga pirated movies at softwares

  • boboposter

    I bet more than 75% of the comments here were sent using pirated Windows software.

    • NoWorryBHappy

      That is so NOT true. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have been used for internet browsing and commenting since four years ago. They don’t use Windows OS. They use ANDROID, iOS, Blackberry OS, as operating system. None are Windows. Android is FREE. You don’t have to pirate it. Windows on tablets is just one year old.

      • boboposter


      • RyanF1

        Excuse me. My Samsung Blackjack back-up GSM smartphone unlocked formerly AT&T runs on Windows Mobile 6. Huli ka na if you’re just citing “since four years ago.” Try six years.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      Mababa na piracy ng Windows ngayon..mura nalang kasi..hindi kagaya non na mahal..pero now its cheaper.
      Karamihan ng pirated may free payload na Trojan hehe

  • padrefaura

    Hindi ata naglagay ng alay kay ron rik

  • DarkM

    Sue the Optical Media Board for tarnishing your company’s reputation

    • pinoyekspat

      it’s very irresponsible of OMB. i doubt if they even know what they’re doing.

      • nick

        i think if you read the article, OMB was the one who cleared them up..

  • Phoinex

    More than half of the companies in the Philippines uses pirated softwares. Even multinational firms use pirated softwares that’s why most of their computers never use updates.

    • foreignerph

      Make it 99% and I would agree. I once bought a desktop in Iligan City (Mindanao) at prime retailer Gaisano. They put Windows on it but I insisted on a genuine CD. The price was 4000 php and I had to wait 6 weeks for it since there wasn’t a single copy available in the whole of Mindanao. Just saying…

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