Kuwait gets tough with country's pirate peddlers

Kuwait's crackdown on piracy has netted over 90,000 items of illegally copied material since the Intellectual Property Law was activated in January this year.

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By  Rob Corder Published  September 3, 2000

Kuwait’s crackdown on piracy has netted over 90,000 items of illegally copied material since the Intellectual Property Law was activated in January this year.

The Ministry of Information says it has confiscated 90,274 items including videos, cassettes, computer programs, and game console CDs.

Qanas Al-Adwani, director of the Arts Material Department at the Ministry of Information, told the Al-Qabas daily newspaper that the government offensive against what he described as “an uncivilized phenomenon” would continue.

Violators of Kuwait’s intellectual property laws risk imprisonment for up to 1 year and a KD 500 fine. Officials are also prepared to accept civil court action against offenders if companies suffering at the hands of pirates want to sue for compensation for lost revenues.

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