Association to destroy 1.2mn illegal copies of software

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brazilian software industry association Abes will destroy more than 1.2mn illegal copies of software seized by local authorities in the country, online news source Computer World reported.

The measure is part of the country's initiatives for the national day against piracy, celebrated December 3.

"We have progressed this year in the fight against software piracy, and we hope these efforts will help us to further reduce the current piracy rate," Rodrigo de Paiva, coordinator of Abes' intellectual property protection group, was quoted as saying.

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According to Abes' figures, local authorities carried out 334 raids in the country's main shopping centers during the first half of this year.

The country's current software piracy rate reaches 54%, or some US$2.6bn in losses for the country.

The company Plasnoi Comércio de Plásticos will be charged with destroying the illegal software. The recyclable waste will be sold and the returns donated to charitable institutions.