Thursday, May 05, 2005

Piracy legislation under the spotlight

Piracy legislation under the spotlight [South Africa]
ITWeb, publication date: 04 May 2005
"With the support of the US Embassy and Microsoft (SA), IPACT is to host a workshop focusing on trademark law, copyright law as well as the procedures under the Counterfeit Goods Act from a prosecution perspective in their drive to ensure the proper enforcement of intellectual property law in SA.
Mark Reynolds of Microsoft South Africa believes the successful prosecution and strong sentencing coming from the commercial crimes courts lately is a good indication that the collaboration between government and industry is paying off. He cites two recent prosecutions, that of the sentencing of Craig Marnoch (aka Rebel Software) who received three years in prison for trading in counterfeit Microsoft products and infringing Microsoft's copyright, and Marcus Mocke (aka Future Games) whose plea bargain led to an eight-year imprisonment sentence or a R400 000 fine, of which R375 000 and/or six years was suspended for five years. In each case the courts have handed down severe sentences - even for first time offenders."

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