Microsoft gets tough about software piracy in Kenya with BuyGenuine.co.ke
In yesterday’s Daily Nation. Microsoft had a full page ad for its anti piracy campaign in Kenya with the Kenya Copyright Board (KCB). The web site for the the campaign is BuyGenuine.co.ke and it has some of the details about this initiative.
What is important for all businesses to note is that the amnesty period for pirated Microsoft software is just around the corner as it ends on the 15th December 2011. Thereafter, with the backing of the KCB, Microsoft will be going after businesses who are NOT using genuine Microsoft software and the penalties are significant.
I heard details on one of the radio channels a couple of weeks ago and fines as high as Kes. 800,000.00 will be charged for using pirated Microsoft software in Kenya – this is clearly serious and businesses will need to buckle up and get genuine copies of Microsoft software going forward. If one is unable to settle the fines, they are liable for time in prison so clearly many are going to take the required steps to avoid being penalized.