Kuwait MOI arrests two for selling pirated software

Two people were arrested and detained under criminal charges; more than 7200 illegal CDs and 4 computers were seized from a well known reseller in Kuwait.

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By  Vijaya George Published  January 16, 2002

A well known reseller of computer hardware and software was recently raided in Kuwait. Two people were arrested and detained under criminal charges, and more than 7200 illegal CDs and 4 computers were seized. The reseller has allegedly been involved in the distribution of counterfeit CDs and illegal CDs are said to have been stored in an apartment above the company showroom. 4 CD burners were confiscated at the apartment and investigators believe that the apartment was used to duplicate software. This case has resulted in a criminal charge that will be litigated accordingly.

“ This action proves the will of Kuwaiti authorities to stop those who harm the market by selling illegal software” commented the BSA’s regional director Jawad Al-Redha. “A raid of this scale involves a lot of coordination, investigation and follow up work, and we really applaud the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information and Kuwait police for their efficient action.”

The copyright law in Kuwait dictates penalties reaching up to 500 KD and one year in prison. The country witnessed many enforcement actions in the past year to curb the use and distribution of illegal software, as these practices take away income from lawful developers and resellers, and drive down the quality and level of services in the market. However, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has expressed distress at the lack of sustained law enforcement in Kuwait on software pirates and calls it one of the most offending countries.

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