07 Jun '11, 12pm

S'pore firm caught with pirated software worth $1.4m: A SMALL local manufacturing company has been accused of us...

A SMALL local manufacturing company has been accused of using an unprecedented $1.4 million worth of pirated software. Following a tip-off, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department's Intellectual Property Rights Branch raided the company last Friday. In a statement, software piracy watchdog Business Software Alliance (BSA) said that 10 bootleg copies of Mastercam v9 and Mastercam X5 software, worth a total of $1.4 million, was found. The software in question, Mastercam v9 and Mastercam X5, is popular with the manufacturing industry to create 3D models of precision engineering parts. The company - the authorities typically do not disclose the names of accused parties until the case goes to court - would then use the models generated to create plastic moulds for its customers. The BSA, which offers rewards of up to $50,000 to whistleblowers, hailed the police acti...

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