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The Optical Media Board is also intensifying its campaign against the use and sale of pirated computer software, its executive director, Cyrus Valenzuela, told the DAILY STAR yesterday.

Valenzuela said they are conducting spot inspections in Internet cafes that they have learned are using pirated computer software.

Valenzuela added that when the OMB asked operators of the Internet cafes about the use of pirated software, they said that they were not aware these were illegal.

He said they are giving the Internet café operators 60 to 90 days to change the pirated computer software, otherwise the OMB will confiscate the computer units.

OMB members conducted an anti-piracy drive in Bacolod City for three days since Tuesday, but only pirated discs valued at about P15 million were seized.

Sergio Valdez, deputy head of the OMB Enforcement Division, said they have no more time to inspect Internet cafes but promised to do so when they come back.

Those found using pirated computer software are criminally liable for violating Republic Act 8293, or the Intellectual Property Act of the Philippines.

Valenzuela said they have limited personnel, making it is difficult for them to go on full throttle against piracy. He added that they also find it hard to intensify their campaign in the provinces because they do not have regional offices.

Valenzuela added that the continuous patronage by the public of piracy is one reason why many still engage in this illegal activity.*APN

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