Dubai Free Zone to tackle pirates

The BSA and the Dubai Free Zone authority have signed an agreement to ensure that, as part of the region’s crack down on software piracy, free zone companies abide by the UAE’s software copyright laws.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 17, 2001

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Dubai Free Zone authority have signed an agreement to ensure that, as part of the region’s crack down on software piracy, free zone companies abide by the UAE’s software copyright laws.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of the Dubai Free Zone, explained that the agreement had been reached “not only because IT companies are an important focus for us, but also because we believe in the importance of upholding copyrights throughout the UAE.”

“It is one of our government’s priorities and part of HH Sheikh Mohammad’s vision that has resulted in the establishment of Dubai as the IT hub of the Middle East,” he added.

It is hoped that the agreement will also encourage software development companies to continue investing in the UAE. “Many free zone companies are Middle Eastern software developers that have chosen to work here. This is a factor that encouraged our cooperation with the BSA. By protecting copyright, we are first and foremost encouraging Arabs to venture into the software development arena,” said Bin Sulayem.

“This positive step on the behalf of the Dubai Free Zone authority is yet another milestone in the region. The UAE has been a regional leader in terms of copyright protection, and the breathtaking developments in the high-tech industry are a proof of the effectiveness of every measure they has been taken in this country,” added the BSA’s regional director, Jawad Al-Redha.

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