Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jail for illegal software use?

Two architects from Gdansk, northern Poland, could spend up to 10 years in prison for using illegal software in their office.

Wednesday, Gdansk police seized eleven computers with 46 illegal graphic and architectural programs installed on them. According to police, the illegally-downloaded software is worth more than 360,000 zlotys (88,000 euro).

“We entered the architecture office after we were informed about that infringement,” Magdalena Michalewska from the Gdansk’s police told the Polish Press Agency.

Polish law envisages five years of imprisonment for using illegal software but, in this case, two 35-year-old architects can face their punishment doubled as the owner’s loss of money was very serious.