RECENT NIGERIAN COURT CASE STOPS PIRATING COMPANY IN ITS TRACKS

Computing

Anyone who thought wild Nigeria was a land of unbridled opportunity for devious gains, take note. Not only has Thoroughbreed Software Consulting, a Nigerian company been barred from dealing in software developed by Nigerian ISV Wadof Software Consulting, its customer, the very corporate Habib Nigeria Bank Limited has been told to stop using it too. The Federal High Court in Lagos says that the software was copied illegally by Thoroughbreed.

Furthermore, a combined team of security agents and the legal representatives of Wadof Software carried out a raid on Habib Nigeria Bank Trustees recently for alleged software piracy. The raid led to the seizure of the company’s server, which is operated on the pirated software. The software was said to have been pirated by top officials of Thoroughbreed Software Consulting Limited and a former employee of Wadof, and sold to Habib Nigeria Bank Trustees. Nigeria’s This Day newspaper reported that this incident may finally "introduce some measures of sanity into the marketing of software in the country." Where next for pirates?

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