BSA gathers law enforcement officials in Jordan

Major drive by Business Software Alliance sees authorities from all over the Middle East gather to set a common strategy for dealing with software pirates and the users of illegal software.

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By  Colin Browne Published  February 6, 2001

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) made the clearest statement yet of its intentions to take the war against software pirates pan-Middle East, by assembling nearly 70 officials for dedicated training in Jordan. The meeting—called to discuss and elaborate upon methods of combating piracy—follows heightened government-backed activities against illegal customer use in Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE.

“This [cooperative activity between governments in the Middle East] demonstrates willingness on all parts to stop violations and support the expansion of the software industry in the region. We hope to be able to add specific IT-related experience and skills to the skill set that these officers already bring to enforcement,” says Jawad Al-Redha, regional director for the BSA.

Matters under discussion throughout the meeting in Jordan were the economic impact of software piracy, Arab laws, international treaties and the role of the WIPO, as well as the world-wide fight against copyright infringement and Internet piracy.

Practical sessions on product identification also came under discussion, as officers were given the low down on how to identify counterfeit products, genuine products and understand the intricacies of software licensing and license management.

"The result is intended to be a collaborative effort that brings the BSA's experience and expertise in the specific area of software to bear, helping officers to be more effective in their copyright protection work. This not only strengthens enforcement efforts, but it also ensures that officers can discriminate between legal users and illegal users and so avoid bothering users who are abiding by the law," says Al Redha.

BSA Anti-Piracy Hot Lines

Kuwait Hotline: 2438033
UAE Hotline: 800 4828

Cairo Hotline: 33 99 382

Saudi Arabia Hotline: 800 124 8999

Other countries: (9714) 332 2307

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