Software and Devices company, Microsoft Nigeria has made recommendations on ways to address software piracy at the anti-counterfeiting collaboration of
The ACC's 5th Roundtable in conjunction with the
The ACC is the umbrella body for intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legalization and related issues in
Discussions during the session centred on piracy/counterfeiting as a major concern which cuts across varied goods, products and industries ranging from entertainment, IP/software, textiles, dairy, pharmaceuticals etc.
The discussants noted that transnational lack of borders of the internet makes the unlawful copying and distribution of pirated products, services and designs at a global scale very easy but its enforcement difficult given the difficulty of ascertaining where the infringement took place whether on the infringer's computer, the server and in which country.
Disclosing some findings of the
She highlighted the benefits of curbing software piracy to include increased jobs, tax revenues and safety noting that these are more impactful on the economy as opposed to the endorsement of software piracy which essentially funds terrorism globally, undermines online stability and security.
To recapitulate the time and resources that are wasted by cybercrime, Abazie quoted IDC statistics, "Globally consumers will spend 1.5 billion hours and
Panellists at the session to discuss the
Lending the voice of the
She reiterated the need for increased Public Education and Awareness to change the current apathetic public attitudes toward software and IP, leader-led model by Government through the promotion and use of legal software in state-owned enterprises and among all its contractors and suppliers as a precondition for contracting with it and also through implementing software asset management (SAM) programs.
Her submission also included Multi-stakeholder strategy involving private and public sector collaboration on effective enforcement by LEAs; Industry-led initiatives to promote SAM in the public and private sectors; Increased support from the Nigerian Customs Service and strengthened cross border customs collaboration to checkmate the importation and distribution of pirated/counterfeit software; Modernization of IP Laws to provide for the protection and enforcement of infringement of new software innovations, such as cloud computing technologies, online piracy and the proliferation of networked mobile devices; Fast tracking the enactment of an all-encompassing IP Bill aligned with international developments and Fast tracking the passage of the Cyber Security Bill and other related Bills.
The Head of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Nigeria concluded by hinting participants that Microsoft XP operating system will come to its end of life support at the end of
Earlier in her opening address,
Other attendees at the Roundtable included Brand owners, Regulatory Agencies including the
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