In the first half of 2017, the Economic Crime Suppression (ECD) police raided 110 companies of all sizes, finding unlicensed software worth over 190 million Baht on around 1,380 computers.
More than 90% of the raids took place in various industries including auto part manufacturing, design, manufacturing, services, suppliers, building and construction, distribution, and entertainment, etc. Police continue to receive information about use of unlicensed software in these industries and are diligently working with software copyright holders to seek more evidence before raids.
Police crackdown intensifies in Bangkok, neighboring areas and provinces nationwide including Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Prachinburi, Samut Sakhon, Songkha and Phuket. The unlicensed software mostly found include products of Microsoft, Autodesk and ThaiSoftware.
In 2016, the rate of unlicensed software being used, installed and run in business organizations in Thailand stands at 69%, well above Asia average rate of 61%, according to the IDC-BSA survey of global software use. In addition to police crackdown, several government agencies and private sector stakeholders are jointly campaigning for use of legal and licensed software by convincing corporate end-users to understand the risks posed by unlicensed software, especially cyber-security risks.
Pol.Col. Vinai Wongbubpa, Deputy Commander of the Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) said technology powered by software underlies every aspect of the way businesses run. To assist Thailand in achieving the objective of digital economy growth, ECD encourages corporate end-users to check their software asset to ensure only licensed software is installed, used and run on their networks. If unlicensed software is found, business organizations and relevant authorities may be charged with violating the copyright law. Copyright owners also have the right to file a civil case against them. Cooperation from corporate end-users will play a key role in addressing use of unlicensed software in Thailand.