Microsoft sues South Korean company over software piracy in Vietnam

By Dan Ha, Thanh Nien News

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A court in the southern province of Binh Duong will open a hearing this July 2 to settle a case in which tech giant Microsoft demanded a South Korean manufacturer of luggage components to pay VND748 million (US$34,300) for using pirated software.
Microsoft, a member of the Business Software Alliance, took legal action after Trimmers Hardware Company reportedly refused to collaborate for a settlement, Tarun Sawney, director of BSA's Anti-piracy Division in the Asia-Pacific region, told the press in Hanoi on Wednesday.
Last September, Vietnamese police and other related authorities found 41 computers of the company illegally using copies of software copyrighted by Microsoft, and many other BSA members including Adobe, Autodesk and Lac Viet.
The company then signed the authorities' writing records of its violations and promised to pay compensations to the related software developers, but has done nothing ever since.
It was the second piracy-related lawsuit to be initiated by BSA in Vietnam since 2013.
A survey by BSA in 2013 showed that Vietnam's software piracy rate was 81 percent.
In a recent inspection last month, local authorities caught eight foreign companies using more than 1,000 pirated software programs worth up to VND13.5 billion ($618,000) in total.
Representatives of the violators reportedly promised to either uninstall the illegal software products or purchase licenses for them.

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