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Only three out of 10 Northern Luzon establishments were found to have been allegedly using pirated software in a raid conducted in late 2013 by elements of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), a spokesperson for one of the organizations that participated in the campaign said.
The Optical Media Board clarified Friday that a report by the Philippine Anti-Piracy Team which identified 10 businesses that were allegedly found to have pirated software did not come from the agency and was released without its approval.
One of the companies allegedly identified by a local team combatting software piracy in the country denied its use of unauthorized software.
In line with its commitment to combat the use of unlicensed software in the country, the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) led by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Philippine National Police (PNP), Optical Media Board (OMB) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), recently conducted 15 crackdown operations across Metro Manila, Pampanga and Bulacan and found 10 businesses using unauthorized software.
Claiming that government efforts to stop piracy “has become an exercise in futility,” a lawmaker is proposing stiffer penalties for individuals caught violating the Intellectual Property Code.
Software giant Microsoft has warned consumers of the dangers of purchasing counterfeit applications, citing a recent study showing that most programs sold through the “gray market” were pre-loaded with malicious software.
Online shopping is becoming more and more popular among Filipinos, what with the growing number of online shopping sites that offer great, cost-efficient deals, especially during this period of holiday rush. As consumers continue to make transactions online, there is greater need to take the necessary precautions to ensure online safety.
The State Department is reviewing a US embassy’s use of a popular Vietnamese website laden with pirated music and Hollywood movies to promote American values, including respect for intellectual property rights.
Coca-Cola and Samsung have pulled their advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs, in a rare victory against online piracy in a country where it has grown unchecked.
Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network’s mobile service was hacked on Sunday, four days after a number of its Internet websites came under cyber attack, it reported on its website al-jazeera.net.
A co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws, authorities said Monday.
Google Inc. is altering its search results to de-emphasize the websites of repeat copyright offenders and make it easier to find legitimate providers of music, movies and other content.
The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, is being allowed back online.