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Microsoft seeks partnerships to fight piracy

18 December 2013, 16:09

Abuja - Microsoft Nigeria, the software and device company, has called on government agencies and corporate organisations in the West African sub-region to work together in the fight against software and intellectual property pirates.

Speaking at the Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) of Nigeria’s fifth roundtable held in Lagos, Microsoft officials said the war against piracy would not be successful unless all stakeholders put in place certain measures.

Speaking at the forum, Ijeoma Abazie, the head of corporate affairs at Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, gave tips on how to address software piracy, its various forms, how it undermined the industry’s ability to innovate, limited economic growth in economies around the world and put consumers’ data and security at risk as well as the use of anti-piracy technology to checkmate it.

She highlighted the benefits of curbing software piracy to include increased jobs, tax revenues and safety noting that these are more impactful on the economy as opposed to the endorsement of software piracy which essentially funds terrorism globally, undermines online stability and security.

Abazie said there was an urgent need to draft and enact an Internet Protocol Bill for Nigeria as it aligned with international best practice and technological developments.

Abazie recommended the enhancement of enforcement using dedicated specialized IP enforcement, investigating and prosecuting resources and cross border cooperation among Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) across West Africa.

She reiterated the need for increased public education and awareness to change the current apathetic public attitudes toward software and IP, leader-led model by government through the promotion and use of legal software in state-owned enterprises and among all its contractors and suppliers as a precondition for contracting with it as well as implementing software asset management (SAM) programs.

Her submission also included multi-stakeholder strategy involving private and public sector collaboration on effective enforcement by LEA.

She called for increased support from the Nigerian Customs Service and strengthened cross border customs collaboration to checkmate the importation and distribution of pirated/counterfeit software, modernization of IP Laws to provide for the protection and enforcement of infringement of new software innovations such as cloud computing technologies, online piracy and the proliferation of networked mobile devices.

– CAJ News


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