Officers of the Colombo Crime Division with the assistance of representatives of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) conducted criminal raids against distributors of illegal business software in Colombo marking the beginning of greater focus and crackdown on business software piracy distribution and business software under-licensing in Sri Lanka.A total of 3 outlets at a leading shopping centre in Bambalapitiya were raided and 412 illegal software CD’s seized by the Police during the raid. These targets are primarily dealing in illegal computer software containing trademarks and copyright owned by business software companies such as Adobe, Autodesk, Corel, Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee to name a few, all members of the BSA.
Most of the suspected pirated software found involved business software commonly used for photo editing, animation rendering, web and computer-aided designing, anti-virus protection and productivity suites (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, personal time and information management tools).
The search warrants were issued by Additional Magistrate of Mount Lavinia Ms. Darshika Wimalasiri, while the raids were conducted by A.S.P Nuwan Vedasinghe and S.I Shantha Vithana under the supervision of the Director of the Colombo Crime Division S.S.P Anura Senanayake.
According to S.S.P Anura Senanayake, Director, Colombo Crime Division who was on-site during the simultaneous raids, “I strongly encourage all computer dealers and software resellers everywhere to ensure that they only sell legal and original software to avoid facing the full consequences of the law. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will be conducting continued enforcement against software pirates until piracy is wiped out. Innocent consumers and traders simply need to be protected against this criminal trade which is costing millions in losses to the industry, as well as the government in the form of taxes. We recommend and remind all businesses to respect the law of the country by purchasing and using original software and avoiding dealing with vendors who sell pirated or unlicensed software.”