Use of illegal software prevalent

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    The software industry presses the Philippines to intensify its enforcement against the use of illegal software in businesses while it urges company heads to make sure their corporations are 100 percent legal in terms of their software use.

    This was after findings of the 2018 BSA Global Software Survey showed an estimated 64 percent of the country’s corporations use illegal software, still far behind Asean countries like Singapore and Malaysia where the use of unlicensed software is 27 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

    The Business Software Alliance said this puts data at risk nationwide and create significant gaps in the Philippines’ cyber security defenses.

    The solution, according to the software industry, is strict implementation of the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines (RA 8293) and Optical Media Act (RA 9239) to ensure that corporations stop using illegal software.

    Examples of intensified enforcement includes conducting raids of companies using illegal software with greater frequency on a nationwide scale, the BSA said.

    The BSA added business executives, such as chief information officers (CIOs) and chief executive officers (CEOs), should step up to fully support legalization of corporate software.

    At the same time, the solution must also include a hands-on effort from CEOs and C-suite leadership at self-policing corporate use of software. Corporate leadership who self-police their software assets protect their clients’ data, safeguard corporate digital assets, and protect their reputation and financial wellbeing.

    “…CEOs in the Philippines need to do better. CEOs need to proactively ensure that their companies are compliant. Also, as CEOs are self-policing their corporations, this will protect their data from malware and hackers, leading to improved productivity and efficient management,” said BSA senior director Tarun Sawney.

    Meanwhile, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said one of the biggest obstacles for IPOPHL is enforcing the IP Code which is way behind technological advancements that have been unfolding since the law’s implementation in 1998.

    The IPOPHL made this statement in the wake of rising complaints of counterfeit products sold online.

    The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) on October 18 held a second ceremonial destruction of counterfeit and pirated goods for the year in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

    “The internet has created enormous opportunities for companies to promote and market their brands to consumers. However, its global reach, openness, and largely unregulated character have also created avenue for the trade and distribution of fake products,” said Teodoro Pascua, deputy director-general of IPOPHL in his remarks