Recent findings by the
As if that was not enough bad news already, according to a new joint study conducted by the
The BSA said the effects of software piracy and other vices were not limited to the sector but lamented that software piracy cost the Nigerian economy over N82 billion yearly, which puts a strain on technology companies' ability to create more jobs and new technologies.
Government is not alone in the quest to tackle the menace, with many organisations clamouring for a safer business space, and frequently organising awareness workshops and enlightenment campaigns designed to drive global awareness across businesses, government organisations, and consumers of the increased risk of cyber security issues as a direct result of pirated software.
BSA added that the trend harms local resellers and service firms; lowers government revenues, and increases the risk of cybercrime and security problems.
BSA said reducing software piracy by 10 percentage over four years could deliver billions of naira in economic growth and thousands of new jobs.
Similarly, the International Chambers of Commerce has warned that without proper clampdown on the nefarious activities of the counterfeit market by various countries, the global piracy and counterfeiting market would surge to
Software experts in
The former President,
Uwaje said the government and industry cooperation on a range of enforcement and policy issues were crucial to ensuring that officials had the needed tools to effectively address piracy.
He appealed to President
He noted that the software industry in
"There is need for ICT industry to undergo a massive transformation because our national content, from e-Government to national database, to digital education, digital litigation process, digital transportation, digital urban planning and residency data or what you call national identity information system are in crises which can only be resolved by software.
He opined that Nigerians can do much more than
At a recent event in
Ndukwe said software is very important in the global ICT industry, describing it as the unseen hand that drives activities in telecommunications industry.
EFCC cracks down on counterfeit software dealers
Barely three months after the invasion of a suspected high quality counterfeit (HQC) software reseller in the Ikeja area of
The raid which followed a consumer tip-off and petition to the law enforcement authorities is aimed at curbing the unwholesome practice in the country. Also, it is aimed at addressing the harmful impact to the Nigerian economy.
The message that this intervention sends is that computer software, an intellectual property qualifies better as a literary work that must be protected from the exploitation of merchants of counterfeiting and crass opportunism.
Additionally, the theft of such creative expressions fixed in a tangible medium of expression constitutes a serious economic crime in
To all the dealers in fake products, big or small, it is no longer business as usual," noted
Stamping out piracy
According to Anti-Piracy Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Temofe Ugbona: "Quite a number of resellers abound in the country that are in possession of high quality counterfeit software that is packaged like genuine software - a trend resulting in many consumers, who believe they are purchasing software from a reliable source, unknowingly becoming victims to software piracy. "These consumers turn out to be 'accidental pirates' - people who unintentionally purchase counterfeit software from resellers and only later find out they have been duped. In doing so, they expose themselves to a plethora of risks, which on the long-run can prove extremely costly for individuals, and often disastrous for businesses. "Honest resellers, who sell only genuine software, are put at an unfair disadvantage, and ultimately the whole economy feels the effects".
Officials of the
Whenever NCC carries out its raid different
Most of these dealers in counterfeit software products are always unable to provide the client access license for its Microsoft Windows products.
"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 demand for them," said Deputy Director of Enforcement NCC,
"Consumers of pirated software must realise that they will be punished for contravening the law and putting people's livelihoods as well as the economy of the country at risk. To win this fight against copyright infringements, it must be a joint effort of regulators as well as consumers," Amodu concluded.
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