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Sage Distrustful of Software Pirate Companies

August 5, 2014

Mthulisi Sibanda



SAGE, the global vendor of business management software, announced it has won three court cases against pirate companies in Maghreb and in Francophone Africa.

This is in addition to damages and/or fines totaling several thousand Euros and prison terms.

Earlier this year, the District Court of Douala Bonanjo, correctional section, found a Mrs Monkam, Managing Director of the company MOZALE SARL, guilty of software copyright infringement.

She was ordered to pay CFAF 2 million in damages to Sage as well as CFAF 102 225 in court costs and a fine of CFAF 500 000.

The court issued a warrant of commitment for 18 months' imprisonment against her in the event of non-payment within the legally prescribed period.

According to Sage, software and brand piracy is a global phenomenon with repercussions for software publishers, businesses and national economies.

All of these groups suffer significant losses due to unfair competition by copyright infringers: destruction of jobs, loss of revenue, impediment to information technology innovation, said officials.

"In spite of our market leadership, piracy continues to penalise not only Sage and our business, but also the growth of software publishing in Africa and the economic activity that would result from it," lamented Fabien Poggi, Manager of Sage's Export division.

According to the latest study by The Software Alliance (BSA), a group of international software publishers, the rate of software piracy in the Middle East and Africa reached 59 percent in 2013 and is soaring in countries like Algeria (85 percent), Cameroon (82) and CÔte d'Ivoire (80).

"These troubling numbers have shown no signs of dropping since 2009," the company said.


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Source: AllAfrica


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