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What is software piracy?

Software piracy is the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. When you purchase software, you are actually purchasing a license to use it, not the actual software. The license is what tells you how many times you can install the software. If you make more copies of the software than the license permits, you are breaking the law. Whether you are copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies of software onto personal or work computers, you are committing software piracy.

Which industries are targeted for software piracy?

No specific industries are targeted for software piracy raids. The authorities enforce the Thai Copyright Act among companies of all sizes in a wide variety of industries. Large, medium and small enterprises in all parts of Thailand are expected to follow the Thai Copyright Act by using genuine software. No specific industry or industries are targeted. This is a call to businesses in all industries to legalize any unlicensed software they have.

What is the software piracy rate in Thailand?

According to the latest IDC Global Software Piracy Study, the software piracy rate in Thailand is 75%.

In addition to losses for software companies, what other impacts does software piracy have?

The major impact is on the vibrancy and growth of IT industries and national economies. Studies show that countries with low rates of software piracy have stronger levels of IT innovation and more robust economies. Innovators in countries with low software piracy rates gain tangible rewards in return for the risks, hard work and investments they make to bring new software innovations to market. On the other hand, in countries with high rates of software piracy, innovators have fewer opportunities to gain rewards from their intellectual property and as a result, innovators tend to have less motivation to take risks and make investments in creating intellectual property.

How will the public protect themselves from imposters who pretend to enforce the Thai Copyright Act?

The public should guard themselves against these unscrupulous individuals. Demand for identification and authorization, mission order, inspection order or search warrant.

What documents should the business owners present when an enforcement agency raids them?

First of all, demand for identification of the raiding team before giving any documents. Require them to present a search warrant, authorization or mission order. Now for the business owners, they should be able to present the end-user licensing agreements, certificates of authenticity, invoices and receipts.

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