The Irony of It All


Anino Entertainment offices in Alabang Philippines was recently raided by authorities due to reports by Autodesk that they housed pirated copies of software in their workstations.

What should anyone make of this? It’s no secret that countless small and medium size enterprises utilize backup copies of software to drive down company expenses. Great for companies who are struggling to churn out profit from its operations. But is this right?

Legally, the answer is crystal. And from a business ethical standpoint (for what’s its worth), the answer echoes through. Any company who ventures into a business that requires tools or software to directly or indirectly deliver their finished products must abide by the laws that govern their industry.

Ironically, Anino Entertainment is a software company. When they released Anito (the first ever video game by a Philippine company) a few years ago, they were battling a similar issue – Piracy.

Surely if Anino Entertainment found out a certain company distributing pirated Anito copies for recreational activities for their respective employees, would'nt they have a similar if not greater reaction to what Autodesk did?

Releasing a product with much hype and media coverage, making a name in the Philippine gaming industry and not abiding by the basic fundamental laws governing and protecting businesses like theirs was ineffably fatuous.

A case of intellectual property insensitivity and improper business practices drove Anino Entertainment to this predicament. To say that they merited a ‘warning’ from the offended parties, would be an act of impassiveness and outright rejection of ideals that make the software development industry work.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

the pic's just sooo appropriate. =)

PvD said...

Anito sucked. Good for those guys from Anino. They're a bunch of crooks.

X360Playah said...

Nice to see another editorial post here. Been getting sick of all the new features. I enjoy reading/watching em' but I just want more of the editorials.

TheCore said...

right on. Anino should get their act together!

Anonymous said...

Anino is full of crap, they should just close down and make something else. Shameful!

anino_sucks_crap said...

What were the guys in Anino thinking? Were they hoping to get away and continually be unnoticed with their activities?

CJ said...

great read. More please!

AdrianG said...

They seriously thought they could get away with this? Can't believe they weren't caught earlier

ProPiracy said...

Piracy rulz!!! WOOOT!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wake up, this is the 3rdworld anyway. Piracy rules. I agree. Don't argue with it. Its normal. It will always be there. LIVE with it.