Software Raid

Apr 01, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s police have raided a company suspected to be using pirated and unlicensed software, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) which represents software firms said. The company is suspected to be infringing the intellectual property rights of BSA members, Adobe, Autodesk and Microsoft, it said in a statement.

The raids on Tuesday and Wednesday involved the seizure and examination of over seventy computers installed with an estimated 120 copies of pirated software valued at about 10 million rupees.

“Final results will be known upon further investigations,” the BSA said.

Those guilty of violating intellectual property laws are liable, upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding 500,000 rupees or for imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

“We have conducted another enforcement action against a business suspected of using pirated and unlicensed software,” the BSA statement quoted Wijaya Amarasinghe, Director of Criminal Investigations Division which did the raid, as saying.

“The use of pirated software is a clear violation of the country’s copyright laws, and we are determined to remind businesses of the severity of the violati