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Software pirating in South East Asia could face a major set-back with the news that Singapore company SM Summit Holdings has been raided by police on suspicion of counterfeiting CD-ROMs at its manufacturing plant, and playing a major part in the Southeast Asian illegal software business. The raid on SM Summit, one of Singapore’s largest listed high technology companies, was instigated after charges brought by the Business Software Alliance, on behalf of Microsoft Corp, Adobe Systems Inc and Autodesk Inc. The three companies have apparently filed a civil lawsuit through the Alliance, which has been established to fight intellectual property violations. SM Summit has capacity to produce some 30 million disks a year and has overseas subsidiaries in Singapore and Malaysia. The Business Software Alliance said in a statement The pirate CD-ROM industry could come to a grinding halt in South-East Asia following what it called a significant raid on SM’s manufacturing operations. The company has strenuously denied all the allegations.

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