Sunday, 23 March 2008

If education and pricing policy fail, says Adobe in Nigeria, we can still sue

AllAfrica reports that software giant Adobe has restated its commitment to the Nigerian Information Technology market, saying that it would use education and a realistic discount structure in seeking to stem the continuing flood of infringing activity.

Elastair deWet (Adobe Channel Compliance Manager, Middle East and Africa) is quoted as making this clear during the company's road show in Nigeria last week. Although he did not disclose the amount Adobe may be losing in the Nigerian market or globally, he noted that software piracy comes in many forms including licensed user duplication for unlicenced users, illegal internet distribution, illegal use of Adobe Acrobat over a network, distributing specialised education versions to unauthorized markets, and distributing inauthentic Adobe software or fonts. He added that, if education and pricing policy don't stem the tide, the comnpany will resort to the usual means of legal enforcement of compliance.

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