Two HCM City companies found using unlicensed software

Inspectors and police have found two companies in Ho Chi Minh City using unlicensed software in their computers at their offices.

On Dec. 15, inspectors from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and police officers from the Ministry of Public Security, together with Ho Chi Minh City officials, came to the joint-venture company Artdesco in District 10 to check computers.

Inspectors and police work at Artdesco Company in Ho Chi Minh City Dec. 15 (Photo: Hoa Pham)

The inspection team found a number of unlicensed software programs installed for use in 30 computer at the company’s office The programs included AutoCAD Architecture 2008, Revit Architecture 2009, Autodesk 3ds Max, Windows XP Professional 2002, Microsoft Office 2003, and some others.

Artdesco management told the inspectors that they would uninstall these unlicensed programs soon and buy licensed ones.

One day earlier, the inspection team raided the consulting, design and construction company Chan Phuong in Phu Nhuan District. After checking 27 computers, they found unlicensed software programs such as Windows XP Professional 2002, Microsoft Office 2003, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max, Revit Architecture 2009, and AutoCAD (2008, 2007).

The task force ordered the company to uninstall these unlicensed programs within 20 days.

The combined cost for the two companies to buy such legal software, if the had done this, is estimated at around VND2 billion (about US$111,000 or so), according to the inspection team.

By Khanh Van

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