The Peruvian unit of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is looking to reduce the rate of illegal software use in country, currently at about 70%, according to state-run news agency Andina.
In Peru during 2010, BSA developed information campaigns and complaint programs, and met directly with more than 17,000 companies to inform them about the risks of using illegal software.
Together, competition regulator Indecopi and BSA performed 228 inspections at companies in major Peruvian cities. In 2010, inspections to verify illegal software use in companies increased by 156% over 2009.
Legislation allows Indecopi to impose administrative sanctions on violating companies, such as temporary or permanent closure of the offending establishment, seizure of equipment and accessories and imposition of fines up to 180 tax units, or approximately 648,000 soles (US$230,000).
In the first three months of the year, BSA said it contacted a total of 3,000 companies in the cities of Arequipa, Lima and Piura through newsletters. The newsletters aimed to alert the companies about the legal and technical risks - such as loss of information and fines - of using pirated software.