Dubai Travel Agency raided by police

A leading Dubai-based travel agency has become the latest business to be hit by anti-piracy raids, as the BSA continues to clamp down on companies that use illegally copied software.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 3, 2001

A major Dubai travel agent has been the target of a raid by the Dubai Police Department and the Ministry of Information after failing to legalise its software. The agency was raided after ignoring repeated warnings from the Business Software Alliance and the Dubai Notary Public to cease using illegally copied software.

The company was found to be using over 92 illegal copies of applications, installed on 30 PCs in its Dubai offices. Software from Microsoft, Adobe, Lotus and Symantec was all pirated. The raid is the latest in a string of actions across the region against companies that use illegal software.

"We have said, time and time again, that we regret this type of action is necessary against end user companies," said Jawad Al Redha, regional director of the BSA. "We go to great lengths to avoid this, but at the end of the day there is a law and there are processes in place to uphold the law. We sent warning letters to this company twice, and this was followed with a warning from the Notary Public. Only after all these warnings had failed did this raid take place."

"We urge all companies to make sure they use only legal software within their company. After a successful raid, the company ends up paying a huge sum of money for legalization, payment of court fees and penalties. In addition, the reputation of the company is damaged and the executives of the company could even face a prison sentence,” added Al Redha."

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