Ghost piracy

BSA | The Software Alliance reports that the use of ‘Ghost Piracy’ has not slowed down even when working from home for firms in Southeast Asia. Mainly, high-end software is used in the engineering, design, and animation industries across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, among other countries.

“To the detriment of cyber security and rule of law, we believe companies found ways to access illegal software even during remote work,” said BSA Senior Director Tarun Sawney.

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BSA Senior Director Tarun Sawney

Business leaders are criminally liable for illegal software use.

According to Sawney, engineering and construction firms are the companies most frequently reported using unlicensed software. BSA reminds the government agencies procuring their services to be aware of such facts.

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“Governments in Southeast Asia want the firms building national infrastructure to use the safest, most productive and most secure software available – and it’s a fact that unlicensed software is a major risk,” explained Sawney. “There should be no tolerance for firms using any illegal software in national development. These are substantial businesses winning lucrative contracts. Shortcuts using cracked software should never be accepted nor allowed.”

BSA is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. It provides information and resources to business leaders seeking information about the proactive management of software assets.

BSA executives in SEA are organizing discussions with governments in the ASEAN region to address potential cases of ghost piracy and general compliance with software intellectual property law and cyber-crime.

“As an organization, we are actively working with governments in the region to ensure greater levels of software compliance. Unlicensed software is neither secure nor stable – and should not be used by business. No creator can create quality design using illegal software, and especially when these designs are for the roads, bridges, rail lines and infrastructure in Southeast Asia, companies are taking great risk when they fail to provide their creators with legal software,” added Sawney.

Based on recent reports by BSA, the organizations will ramp up collaborations with ASEAN region governments to inform business leaders about their obligations to use licensed software – and enforce the laws and penalize those companies and penalize those companies who continue to use unlicensed software.


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