In its bid to fight against software piracy, the Andhra Pradesh police has
taken action against two persons and the court has sentenced them to six months
of rigorous imprisonment for violating copyright of Microsoft. The accused have
also been ordered to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each.
According to the prose-cution, Prabhu Dayal and Shambunath Jha of
Secunderabad-based Big Apple Computers, violated the copyright of Microsoft by
making pirated CDs of different software. The police arrested the two men and
seized pirated CDs from their possession at the premises of Big Apple.
However, when contacted, Prabhu Dayal told CNS that Big Apple would be moving
court against this decision. "All we want to say is that we are going to
move court and it is not yet over for us," he added.
Microsoft is engaged in a worldwide campaign against software piracy and
recently the company has stepped up its campaign in the Hyderabad market.
"I think this is a good move by Microsoft. Software piracy should not be
allowed as it will lead to loss for everybody and we are happy that they are up
against it in a big way," comments a Hyderabad-based distributor.