20,000 Firms Under Ministry Watchlist For Possible Software Piracy

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) -- A total of 20,000 companies nationwide have been put on the Ops Semak Tulen watch list by the Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC), for their inaction to mailers sent from MDTCC as part of the on-going software piracy campaign.

Software piracy in the workplace is a serious issue that affects national productivity, MDTCC Director of Enforcement Mohd Roslan bin Mahayudin said in statement.

The Ops Semak Tulen software piracy campaign was launched on Feb 5 this year by the MDTCC to address the rampant use of pirated and unlicensed software among businesses.

He said the ministry had identified over 25,000 companies and businesses nationwide for the exercise undertaken in April and May this year.

"While the mailer programme was a purely educational exercise, the Ministry requested that recipients of the mailers conduct an audit of their company's computer software and report back to the Ops Semak Tulen secretariat before the May 10 deadline," Mohd Roslan said in a statement Wednesday.

However, he said, despite all efforts, only about 20 per cent of the target companies had replied by the deadline.

"This means that close to 20,000 companies and businesses that received the mailer either did not know what they were required to do, or did not bother to reply at all.

"This is very unfortunate as corporate software piracy is not something that is taken lightly by the government," he added.

-- BERNAMA