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Police to be hard on software piracy

POLICE vice-president Jaroslav Spišiak pledged that officers would be stricter on crimes related to software piracy.

At an October 22 press conference, Spišiak said that copyright protection could only be successful if it were to become a national priority.

Spišiak confirmed that the police force had sorted out a group of specialists that would form part of what he said would be an "undercover" police unit focusing on computer crimes. The unit will be part of the special police department fighting organised crime.

Roman Karabelli, spokesman for the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an international body uniting major software producers around the world, said that in the first nine months of 2003, his alliance monitored 68 firms suspected of illegal use of software, of which 18 are currently being investigated by respective state bodies.

In addition to those, 32 individual cases of persons and groups who illegally copy and distribute stolen software are also being investigated.

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