LG paid for unlicensed software
LG is being sued. For the first time in Russian history, a criminal case was opened against such a large foreign company. Employees were convicted of using pirated software. The world giants Microsoft and Adobe have lost 2 million rubles because of this.
It all started with an anonymous call to the Association of Software Manufacturers with a message that pirated programs were being used at LG's Russian office. The information was checked and a warning was sent to the Korean company. Those ignored. After that, people in uniform appeared on the threshold of the company and searches began.
Korean language switched to English, carefully studied the documents. The license was, but not everywhere. As a result, 44 system units and 17 laptops were seized. 60 employees used pirated Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator.
The damage was estimated at 2 million rubles. A lawsuit against copyright and related rights has been filed against LG. The process will probably be long, experts say. Because this case is unique. Alexey Cherny: “This is the first time that a foreign company has used unlicensed software. Usually there are companies, usually Russian: small, medium and large enterprises. For foreign companies, especially technological ones, it is quite rare to use unlicensed products. ”
As reported in Adobe, Koreans already have licenses for all programs - they bought it right after verification. But such a step does not relieve the company of responsibility. If the guilt of any of the employees is proved, by law they face up to 6 years in prison.