South Africa Hears First Software Piracy Trial

Law360, New York (November 21, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- South Africa’s Cape Town Regional Court is hearing arguments in the country’s first trial involving software piracy, a rampant problem dominated by crime syndicates.

Russian ship navigator Andriy Goncharcko, arrested in a police sting in 2001, was charged with contraventions under the Copyright Act and later freed on R50,000 bail pending his trial, which started in the regional court last week.

Goncharcko has been accused of dealing in pirated Microsoft programs worth hundreds of thousands of rands, according to local newspapers.

Magistrate Jan van Zyl presides...
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