Nasscom, BSA facilitate anti—piracy raids in Hyderabad

By : |March 19, 2000 0

BANGALORE: Hyderabad Police, with assistance from Nasscom and BSA, have
seized pirated software worth of Rs 77 lakh from 7 locations through anti-piracy
raids. Thirteen people, including senior level employees of the companies, have
been arrested.

The police have recovered around 293 CD’s, 5 hard disks and 7 computers
loaded with pirated software, claims a press release issued by Nasscom. The
raids were a result of several weeks of investigation, following a tip off
received on the NASSCOM / BSA antipiracy hotline. The seized software included
NT server, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 , Auto CAD Rel 14, and Adobe Pagemaker 6.5,
AutoCAD Release 13 along with popular operating systems like Windows 98, Windows
2000 and applications like Office97, Office 2000. The offenders were also
selling compilation CD’s of NASSCOM-BSA member companies.

The latest subjects of police action for copyright infringement were SHAD
Book Store, Compage Computers Pvt. Ltd., Padmaja Electonics Pvt. Ltd., Worldcom
Computers and Mohan Computers Pvt. Ltd., all located in Hyderabad and
Secunderabad areas. In addition to the 5 outlets raided — the stocking place
of Shad Book Store and service station of Compage computers were also raided.
The owner of Shad Book Store had been apprehended for the same offence in
October of 1997. Criminal proceedings are pending against him since, then.

Nasscom president Dewang Mehta said, "These raids are a result of our
commitment to fight use of illegal software. We will take consistent actions
against such pirates who do not intend to legalize and raids will be conducted
again and again till the offenders decide to convert". Mr Mehta further
added, "We expect such actions to check people in using or selling pirated
software. Such actions require public participation, which is very crucial in
our endeavor to fight the cause. The IT industry loses a huge amount every year
in addition to lost jobs and government revenue because of the use of illegal
software. We encourage people to report such acts and illegalities that come to
light on the NASSCOM / BSA anti-piracy hotline"

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