12 computers confiscated in illegal software raid

The Ministry of Information conducted a raid against a computer company in Dubai and confiscated 12 computers that were found loaded with more than 136 illegal software packages.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 10, 2001

The Ministry of Information has conducted a raid against a computer company in Dubai and confiscated 12 computers that were found loaded with more than 136 illegal software packages including software products from Microsoft, Norton (Symantec) and McAfee. The company was operating a training center and an Internet café based on illegal software products The raid was conducted one day before the start of the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) "Great Opportunity" campaign.

"One could say that this company was unlucky, in that it was raided just before the campaign started, but then it was using illegal software for commercial gain," said Scott Buttler, CEO, Arabian Anti Piracy Alliance.

The Great Opportunity campaign, which started on the 17th of November, is running in the UAE, and ensures that the BSA will not report companies using illegal software for a period of 45 days from the start of the campaign. Over this period, the BSA is working with companies to ensure that their software is legal and to help them in auditing it, in order to avoid future raids and potential legal action.

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