BSA offering $1000 reward to track down pirates

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering a $1000 award to anyone that can find pirated software at this year’s Gitex and Computer Shopper shows. But the move doesn’t mean that the BSA is resorting to desperate measures in the fight against software piracy-the association is confident that its money is secure.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 15, 2001

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering a $1000 award to anyone that can find pirated software at this year’s Gitex and Computer Shopper shows. But the move doesn’t mean that the BSA is resorting to desperate measures in the fight against software piracy-the association is confident that its money is secure.

“We haven’t detected any counterfeit software at the show this year, we have worked very hard to make sure the show is clean, so if anyone can find anything we will pay them the reward,” explained Ashok Kumar, Microsoft GEM SMB manager, and the company’s representative on to the BSA.

Kumar was speaking at the annual meeting of the regional BSA, which was held at the World Trade Centre Hotel on Monday morning. While the BSA is happy that it has stamped out pirate software at the show, and is making great progress in the region, there is still a need for laws to be brought up to date to counter the problem.

“The Middle East is recording immense improvements in terms of copyright laws, and we want to thank all of the region’s governments for their commitment to protecting intellectual property,” said Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the BSA. “But the issue is not resolved yet and there is a lot of effort that still needs to be done. We all need to work on updating laws to ensure that software developers are guaranteed full protection of their intellectual property. The entire software industry is at risk globally because of copyright theft, and the fastest growing danger is on the Internet, where millions of web sites are trading in illegal products.”

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