BSA licensing campaign reveals a lack of understanding

UAE companies have revealed that they are uncertain about software licensing practices and copyright laws. The revelations have come during the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) ‘Great Opportunity’ campaign.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  December 12, 2001

UAE companies have revealed that they are uncertain about software licensing practices and copyright laws. The revelations have come during the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) ‘Great Opportunity’ campaign.

“We believe that not one company in the UAE wants to breach the law,” said the BSA’s regional director, Jawad Al-Redha. “We have been contacting companies extensively since the beginning of this campaign, in order to help them license their software on time, and we have found that most people never licensed their software because they were not aware of the full extent of copyright protection laws”

The ‘Great Opportunity’ campaign provides companies with a November 17th 2001- January 2nd 2002 timeframe in which to legalise their unlicensed software. During this two and half month period their will be no raids or court action against companies using pirated software.

“We really hope that this campaign will help in raising everyone’s awareness about their role in protecting and promoting intellectual property. Software is the ultimate tool for companies in all sectors, it helps them automate their business processes and achieve greater productivity. By using software correctly and legally, companies also contribute to the growth of this industry, which in turn will benefit them by providing ever improved high tech tools to help them in their business” concluded Al-Redha.

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