Fight against illegitimate software continues in Peru
In order to reduce levels of piracy, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) through the Directorate of Copyright, proceeded with unannounced visits to companies that have failed to file their software inventory in due time, despite having been notified to do so by post.
Approximately 10,000 letters have been sent to companies nationwide during the first four months of this year.
The intentions of this letters are that these entities review the state of software licensing, and also that they file the corresponding sworn statement regarding the use of computer programs that are installed on their computers through the website of INDECOPI: www.indecopi.gob.pe. The statement should be send to the Directorate of Copyright, including the descriptions of the software that they have and the licenses that supports the use of said software.
Any companies that have ignored the communications of INDECOPI may have a visit from the local PTO staff without prior notice. In cases where the firms do not provide help during visits they may be punished by fines or even by imprisonment.