Software piracy: Malaysia and BSA join forces for clampdown

By Julian Matthews

The Malaysian government, working in tandem with industry watchdog Business Software Alliance is coming down hard on software piracy like never before.

By government estimates, from April to June, 4,629 raids had been conducted with seizures exceeding RM4 million (US$1.05 million). This figure is dramatic in light of the fact that only RM3 million (US$790,000) worth was seized for the whole of last year.

The nation-wide blitzkrieg is sending out real fear among corporate users and computer retailers, many of whom have been struggling to stay afloat in the past year.

The BSA issued a stern warning last month when it sued a Malacca manufacturing firm claiming RM300,000 (US$79,000) in damages, costs and aggravated damages for alleged copyright infringement.
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