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Local BSA members support using original software

May 3, 2012 - Business Software Alliance (BSA) invited a group of local members, including SageUBS, Cosmopoint, Esteem Innovation and The Name Technology Sdn. Bhd. (tnt), to participate in an anti-piracy ceremony held in Shangri-la Hotel. Representatives from these companies signed on a jointly issued statement to declare support on using original software in businesses.

427599_407926089221792_407925375888530_1760526_1147508242_n.jpgThe guest of honor was MDTCC’s Director of Enforcement Mohd Roslan bin Mahayudin. He reported that the Ministry had conducted 74 enforcement raids against companies and businesses suspected of using pirated software since 2011 to-date, netting approximately RM10 million in hardware and suspected pirated software.

“The success of the IT industry depends on how well intellectual property is protected. Contrary to popular belief that software piracy is a problem that affects only big, foreign and established companies, it actually has far-reaching consequences for our indigenous software developers, local IT-based content creators, solutions providers and every facet of society that uses IT for business, education and leisure purposes. By supporting the government's efforts in addressing this prevalent problem, we are hopeful that greater respect is garnered for companies like ours who have invested heavily into the development of software tools that drive productivity. We are honored to be an MSC-status company aiming for the world, and Malaysians should be equally proud to support the successes of its homegrown talents by promoting greater respect for intellectual property rights.” Said Chiew Ruoh Peng, Executive Director of tnt, in his press statement for the event.

The good news was, piracy rate in Malaysia had dropped to 56%. We are no longer on the international IP violation watch list. This will certainly restore the image of the country and investors' confidence in it.

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