Following increased activities on software piracy and counterfeiting in
According to him: "Counterfeit software is a cankerworm that is eating through the fabric of societies all over the world. Their prevalence has a lot to do with the sophisticated and organised syndicate of pirates but also can be traced to the resellers who propagate their use."
He said the resellers of pirated software must also realise that they would be punished for contravening the law and putting people's livelihoods as well as the economy of the country as a whole at risk. To win the fight against copyright infringements, it must be a joint effort of regulators as well as resellers, he added.
Last month, the
According to a study conducted by the
These spread through shared connections to a home, business, or even government network, crippling economies and endangering intellectual property.
Anti-Piracy Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Temofe Ugbona, said: "Software piracy is unfair play that ultimately hurts us all. Economic growth in
"This is one of the key reasons we take responsibility to educate consumers, resellers and retailers about the risks through enlightenment campaigns, market education session, among others, and support local enforcement efforts by authorities like the EFCC."
Temofe added: "We have noticed a rising number of consumers unintentionally purchase counterfeit software from resellers and only later finding out they have been duped. In doing so, they expose themselves to a plethora of risks, which in the long-run can prove extremely costly for individuals, and often disastrous for businesses. Honest resellers, who sell only genuine software, are put on an unfair disadvantage, and ultimately the whole economy feels the effects."
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