According to BSA website, Software piracy is the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers. What a lot of people don’t realize or don’t think about is that when you purchase software, you are actually purchasing a license to use it, not the actual software. That license is what tells you how many times you can install the software, so it’s important to read it. If you make more copies of the software than the license permits, you are pirating.
Since 10 May 2010, the Special Anti Piracy Task Force (SATF) has started to investigate pirated software at various organisations in Malaysia. The Special Anti Piracy Task Force is led by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and other agencies to combat software piracy issues.
What are the Penalties for Software Piracy?
It is a criminal offence under the Copyright Act 1987 for an organization to be in possession of infringing copies of computer software for commercial purposes or any purpose apart from private and domestic use. If found guilty, the organization and its senior management may be fined up to RM20,000 for each infringing copy and/or imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Report Software Piracy and Earn Reward From BSA
To appreciate your effort of reporting the use of unlicensed software at your workplace, BSA will give rewards to you after confirmation of the report. You can call BSA Hotline at 1-800-887-800 to report any cases of software piracy. For more information, please visit BSA Malaysia Website.