Dubai Police charges into local computer complex on anti-piracy crackdown

Dubai Police take four employees into to custody and illegal software on 'serious enforcement action,'

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By  Greg Wilson Published  May 7, 2001

Dubai Police has conducted a sweeping anti-piracy raid on one of the city’s largest computer complexes, taking four people into custody and sizing counterfeit software. The raid focused on several reseller outlets and seized five PCs loaded with illegal copies of Microsoft Windows ME and Lotus 8.0.

“This serious enforcement action against violators of the UAE’s copyright law shows the great commitment that the government has towards protecting software copyrights and developing the IT sector,” said Jawad Al Redha, regional director, of the Business Software Alliance.

“The Copyright protection law was passed in 1992 in the UAE and enforcement efforts have been ongoing. The BSA is extremely happy with the results achieved in the Emirates. The UAE government is well aware of the damages that illegal software causes to the market, and is acting to prevent it.”

Between 1994 and 1999 the use of illegal software in the UAE has dropped by more than 8%. The drop in software piracy has also helped to attract greater local investment from IT vendors and consequently positioned Dubai as a regional ‘IT hub.’

In the past weeks, the BSA, in conjunction with various governmental authorities around the region has carried out a major offensive on software piracy. Last month computer reseller in Abu Dhabi was sealed and shut down for selling illegal software.

“Enforcement action becomes necessary when people continue their violations despite multiple warnings,” commented Al Redha. “We invite all companies to use licensed software and all resellers to support their market by promoting and selling original packages.”

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