The law suit was given by Pasay City school, Southeastern College (SEC) vs software firm Microsoft Corp. and its local subsidiary, Microsoft Philippines, for alleged illegal distribution of copyrighted material.
The report as follows :
The case stemmed from Microsoftâ€™s allegedly unauthorized and illegal â€œdigital copyingâ€ and distribution of a locally developed manual on the use of Microsoft Office.
Originally titled â€œThe SEC Microsoft Office XP Manual,â€ the 379-page manual was copyrighted in 2005 by SEC director Conrad MaÃ±alac for the exclusive use of teachers and students.
in 2004, Microsoft Philippines reportedly purchased licenses to print 10,000 copies of the SEC manual, now retitled â€œInnovate: A Mentorâ€™s Guide to ICT Foundation Competencies,â€ which was used for the companyâ€™s â€œPartners in Learningâ€ program for high school teachers.
In October 2006, Microsoft distributed the manual (in PDF format) through CDs as part of its corporate giveaways during two separate events.
The distribution of PDF format is the basis of the law suit, The lawyer Estelito Mendoza said that this is a case of copyright infringement. It is also regarded as the first legal case of IP violation filed versus Microsoft in the Philippines.
This will be sensational since a giant company like Microsoft under suit by Philippine School. This only shows that in Philippines we give protection to intellectual property. ( Agree or Dis-Agree ? )
Source : Inquirer.net
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