MD Arrested For Software Piracy

New Delhi, Aug 25: | Updated: Aug 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
In a move that will have far reaching consequences in curtailing software piracy by corporate end-users, the Delhi Police has arrested Navin Kapoor, the managing director of Caba Innovatives Multimedia, for using pirated and unlicensed software of Adobe Systems.

The economic offences wing of the crime branch, acting on a tip-off from an authorised representative of Adobe Systems, US, searched the premises of Caba Innovatives, a multimedia and computer education company in the Bengali Market area of New Delhi. The officers of the Intellectual Property Rights section seized computers containing the softwares, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects.

Under Section 63(b) of the Copyright Act, 1957, the use of unlicensed and pirated software is a cognisable and non-bailable offence. This provision is peculiar only to the use of software and not to other subjects of intellectual property protection like books and music. Despite the existence of a specific section on the subject, so far, action had not been taken by the Delhi Police. The Bangalore Police had earlier raided a Bangalore-based company engaged in web-designing and education packages.

Speaking specifically on software piracy, Adobe Systems counsel Saikrishna Rajagopal says, software is peculiar unlike other subjects of intellectual property protection.