Kuwaiti construction company raided for unlicensed software

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information has raided a local construction company, uncovering 45 computers all loaded with unlicensed software.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  June 24, 2001

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information has raided a local construction company, uncovering 45 computers all loaded with unlicensed software. More than 250 illegal copies of software were found at the company's premises in the Shuweikh Industrial Area, including software from Symantec, Microsoft and AutoDesk.

The raid is the latest in a long line as Kuwait tries to combat software theft, a crime that cost the country more than $8 million in revenue last year.

Jawad Al Redha, regional director of the BSA, believes that construction companies are particularly prone to software theft because of the costs involved in deploying industry specific applications.

“Because of the larger investments needed to deploy applications used in the construction business, companies have the tendency to postpone or give a blind eye to legalising on software use,” he said.

“What companies do not realise however is that, by using unlicensed copies of software, they are not only violating the law, but also causing themselves losses in productivity that far exceed their investments in legal software copies,” added Al Redha.

Any company planning to take the illegal software route best watch out as Al Redha explained that Kuwait has a clear mandate to stamp out software theft as it aims to create a strong IT industry within the country.

“By enforcing the law and therefore helping to build a strong, viable local technology market, the government is leading the way to the creation of new opportunities, jobs and enterprises in Kuwait,” concluded Al Redha.

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