Tokoroa bust allegedly turned up counterfeit NZ software

Local software developers will have to wait to find out whether their work was among that apparently being bootlegged by a man arrested yesterday in Tokoroa. Like last week's raid on a Queen Street shop, yesterday's seizure of about 150 disks took place at the behest of the Business Software Association. But while the Auckland bust involved bootleg CDs imported from Asia, the Tokoroa booty appears to have been copied on site - and includes New Zealand-made software.

Local software developers will have to wait to find out whether their work was among that apparently being bootlegged by a man arrested yesterday in Tokoroa.

Like last week's raid on a Queen Street shop, yesterday's seizure of about 150 disks took place at the behest of the Business Software Association. But while the Auckland bust involved bootleg CDs imported from Asia, the Tokoroa booty appears to have been copied on site - and includes New Zealand-made software.

Neither the police or the BSA will reveal which local software titles have allegedly been bootlegged, and a BSA spokesperson says even the local vendors have yet to be contacted, "although that will happen soon, I expect."

Once again, the police raid followed a call to the BSA's anti-piracy hotline, and a test purchase by a BSA investigator.

Ron Eckstrom, vice president of the BSA, says the association "appreciates the amount of time and effort police have devoted to the anti-piracy issue. Their support is invaluable to the softwarev industry, and to local developers and distributors who must bear the cost of software theft.

"This is the first time that we have heard of a seizure involving suspected counterfeits of New Zealand-developed products. We know that New Zealand software is being used illegally in the end-user environment, but this is the first time we have seen what appears to be distribution of such software."

Meanwhile, a 47-year-old Tokoroa man has been remanded without plea for two weeks on three charges under the Copyright Act - to do with making and selling infringing copies of software, and being in possession of equipment to make infringing copies.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments
[]