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Adobe fights piracy in Hong Kong

Carol Ko | Feb. 18, 2009
Printing industry the target of Adobe's campaign to crack down on illegal software

HONG KONG, 18 FEBRUARY 2009 Graphic software giant Adobe will ramp up efforts in fighting software piracy in Hong Kong, and will take legal action against businesses believed to be using illegal copies of their software.

Adobe Systems Hong Kong last week announced the ramping up of efforts on the reinforcement of legal software usage in the city, and will review all Adobe software installed on computers using Windows or Mac operating systems.

In July 2008, the company launched an anti-piracy campaign to help companies comply with Hong Kong's new Directors Liability Law. The campaign urges businesses to check all records of Adobe software including purchase records, invoices, payment methods and software inventory records.

Printing industry targeted

Now, the graphic software company is launching a legalisation campaign targeting the printing industry, and has been proactively visiting the companies in the sector. According to Adobe, many of the visited companies were found to have insufficient licences and Adobe was taking legal action against them with close co-operation from the Hong Kong customs and excise department and the Business Software Alliance.

Under Hong Kong's copyright laws, the use of unlicensed or illegal software in the business environment can result in criminal and civil liabilities, The Copyright Ordinance (Cap 528 of the Laws of Hong Kong) states that a user of illegal software may be liable for a maximum penalty of a fine of HK$50,000 (US$6,477) for each infringing copy and imprisonment of up to four years. 

According to Adobe, the company reinforces the importance of proper software asset management in protecting companies against legal liabilities arising from inadvertent copyright infringement. 


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