Omani authorities awarded for tough stance on piracy

The BSA has presented awards to the Omani Ministry of Heritage & Culture and the Royal Oman Police in recognition of their work against software piracy

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 5, 2001

The BSA has recognised the efforts of the Omani Ministry of National Heritage and Culture and the Royal Oman Police (ROP) in combating the problems of software piracy in the Sultanate. Two awards were made to the authorities for Oman’s improved record on anti-piracy enforcement.

Oman showed a 10% drop in the BSA’s reported figures for piracy for 2000, down to 78% from 88% in 1999. The Ministry of National Heritage and Culture and the ROP have worked closely on a number of raids to reduce the selling and usage of illegally copyrighted software, and the BSA expects the country to show further improvement this year. His Excellency Khaled Bin Salem, general manager of culture at the Ministry and Colonel Al Hafiz of the ROP were presented with the awards by Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the BSA.

“We want to express our admiration for the work achieved by the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture and the Royal Omani Police” said Al-Redha. “This is great team work, we have rarely seen such drive in implementing the copyright law, and we thank every person who has contributed this remarkable effort.”

Twenty two raids have been carried out in Oman in recent weeks, against both vendors and users of illegal software. Thousands of CDs and PCs have been seized in raids, and two employees of companies that were selling illicit software have been deported.

“We are seeing an exemplary and very determined enforcement on the part of the Omani authorities, this is bound to affect the way that people handle their software.” Al-Redha continued. “Resellers are well aware now that they can no longer duplicate and sell software illegally. On the other hand, companies know that they have to license every copy of software that they are using. There is still much work to be done, but Oman is certainly on the right path towards resolving this issue.”

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