Microsoft and Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a bid to counter a software piracy and develop a framework to educate software sellers about licensed genuine software, a press release said.
Country Manager of Microsoft Pakistan Kamal Ahmed, speaking on the occasion, said: “Software piracy has always been a menace for developing countries, and as the number of ordinary consumers grows, it brings a higher number of piracy users in the field. We along with the PCA are committed to reducing software piracy by creating awareness of the use of licensed software and the legal risks of using a counterfeit.”
Under the terms of the MoU, Microsoft will support the PCA in providing knowledge and educating the reseller community in articulating the values of genuine software to their customers. In addition, Microsoft will also help the PCA in training the resellers on how to forward licensed software into the market so as to mitigate software piracy.
Khawar Mehmood, PCA Karachi Chapter Executive, said: “The MoU will allow us to create a sequential procedure on how to deal with the current state of software piracy. We will utilise various techniques and devise programmes to help us in curbing piracy and stopping the leakage of mal-ware into the general market which deprives licensed vendors of their profitability.”
The MoU was signed by Kamal Ahmed, Country Manager Microsoft Pakistan and Khawar Mahmood of PCA.
President of PCA Central Munawar Iqbal said “Pakistan has a piracy rate of 86 per cent and is one of the top 25 countries with the highest rate of piracy.”
via The News