BCS Anti-Piracy Inspections: drive genuine Microsoft software usage
To promote genuine software usage nationwide Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) will be driving different awareness programs nationwide followed by inspections. This was announced by BCS in a meeting held on Thursday, May 21st in the BCS auditorium.
The meeting was chaired by Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh & Mr. AHM Mahfuzul Arif, president of BCS. Shop owners, Journalists/Media and Members of BCS attended the meeting.
BCS announced the following:
- Arrange road shows in different parts of the country to reach out to consumers and shop owners to drive awareness.
- Hold Seminars with shop owners to promote Intellectual property rights law and to protect from cybercrime attacks faced in Bangladesh.
- Facilitate a fair and balanced interpretation of ICT policy and subsequent tender issuance, based on reasonable technical ICT and software requirement.
- BCS in partnership with the Government, aims to audit ministries (where tender has published in last 24 months) to ensure genuine software was provided.
- Last but not least, BCS will randomly inspect different IT malls to ensure only genuine software is sold.
Ms. Zohra Begum, Deputy Registrar, Copyright Office Bangladesh, Mr. Nazrul Islam, Secretary General, BCS and high officials from Microsoft & BCS were also present at the event.
Sonia Bashir Kabir said “As a member of numerous industry organizations, Microsoft is very active in helping to reduce piracy rates around the world. Microsoft believes, we have responsibility to protect consumers and businesses from the negative impact of software piracy. Microsoft, through its own efforts and in partnership with BCS, is committed to developing and implementing technology solutions to help protect intellectual property. Further, Microsoft has broadened the scope of its efforts to go from just fighting piracy into the entire digital realm, including curbing spam, Internet fraud and hacking.”
A.H.M. Mahfuzul Arif also said “Piracy hurts consumers who want to do the right thing and are often cheated unknowingly. With non-genuine software, consumers are unable to receive valuable product updates and technical support. In addition, they are putting themselves at risk for faulty code, spyware, worm or viruses. BCS is committed to developing and implementing technology solutions to help support intellectual property protection partnership with Microsoft.”