Tekla said it recovered 10% of annual Middle East sales by clamping down on piracy in the region.
Published Tuesday, 31 January 2012
By Georgina Enzer
Construction software vendor Tekla Middle East has reported that by cracking down on piracy of its products, the company recouped 10 % of its annual sales in 2011.
The company has said that it has been pursuing companies caught using pirate versions of its software, mainly its Tekla Structures building information modelling application, and encouraging companies to legalise their software.
Tekla Corporation is also currently taking legal action globally against those using pirated versions of its software, and working with organisations such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and the IT Compliance Association (ITCA), to detect enfringement.
The company has said it is taking a global ‘zero tolerance' stance on piracy, which saw it team up with ITCA in India to launch legal proceedings against VM Informatics for wide-scale software licensing fraud, following a raid in New Delhi.
According to Tekla, a common misconception among businesses is that purchasing a software product is the same as gaining a licence for multiple installations.
"While we are delighted to have helped bring VM Informatics to justice, the problem of software piracy remains widespread and serious. Our message to those knowingly using or selling illegal software is simple: - we will be relentless in bringing the full force of the law to bear upon any transgressors," said Chris Luijten, CEO of the IT Compliance Association.
A robust legal team also is actively working with the BSA in the region, to tackle piracy by both companies and individuals in the Middle East. Tekla says that typically it is SME companies that are pirating its software, and that the company is working with several law firms to enforce its IPR.
"The region's construction industry has come to realise the advanced benefits of using Tekla, especially given our proven track record in helping to deliver global icons such as the Burj Khalifa. Organisations using pirated software are starving the industry of the crucial support needed to complete projects, not to mention exposing everyone associated with a fraudulent company to legal proceedings," commented Reza Mashayekhi, Technical Manager, Tekla Middle East.