The Business Software Alliance (BSA) prepares to double its rewards for people who report illegal software use at the corporate level, from Bt250,000 to Bt500,000.
From today to September 30, 2008, concerned software users who call the BSA hotline to provide information that leads to the successful action against business organizations using pirated or unlicensed software will be eligible for the new cash reward.
The hotline number is 02-711-6193. Caller identities are protected.
"Anyone who calls the hotline to report unlicensed software use is eligible óbut the bigger the company accused of illegal use, the better," said Tarun Sawney, BSA's Director - Anti Piracy, Asia.
"It's not important who calls the hotline.
The key is to have good information. It could be an employee, a vendor, even someone completely outside the company.
Whoever has accurate information about unlicensed software use will be rewarded."
The announcement is part of BSA's strategy to combat software piracy in Thailand.
Under current copyright laws in Thailand, companies and senior managers face fines of up to Bt800,000 and/or jail terms of up to 4 years; notwithstanding civil damages.
Guidelines are available for business executives at www.bsa.org regarding software laws and compliance.
Thailand's software piracy rate is currently 78 per cent, and the subject of much discussion as Thailand's piracy rate ranks among the highest in the region.
BSA applauds efforts of the police and the Department of Intellectual Property.
This year police have raided dozens of companies and the Department of Intellectual Property has conducted extensive outreach under a national software anti-piracy campaign. However, more consistency would be helpful in strengthening intellectual property protection, says the BSA.
"We were pleased to see the recent clamp down on software piracy," said Sawney.
"However, we hope to see Thai authorities' dedication to protecting intellectual property rights with the same fervor all year round."