BSA swoops down on Dubai-based travel agency

The Business Software Alliance teams up with Dubai Police and Ministry officials to raid 'big' local travel agency.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  June 4, 2001

After ignoring repeated written warnings from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), Dubai Police and officials from the Ministry of Information raided a large travel agency. The raid recovered illegal copies of Adobe, Lotus, Microsoft and Symantec software on 30 PCs at the travel agency’s office.

In total the unnamed travel agency was discovered using 92 unlicensed software packages.

"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."

The BSA’s regional director went on to urge all companies to ensure that they are using legal software within their business.

“After a successful raid, the company ends up paying a huge sum of money for legalisation, payment of court fees and penalties. In addition, the reputation of the company is damaged and the executives of the company could face a prison sentence,” explained Al Redha.

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