Two held in counterfeit software reseller raid

Kuwaiti police and the Ministry of Information have arrested two people after uncovering a major counterfeiting operation being run from a reseller in Kuwait City.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 16, 2002

Kuwaiti police have arrested two people after uncovering a major counterfeiting operation being run from a reseller in Kuwait City. Four PCs, four CD-RW drives and 7,200 counterfeit software discs were seized in a raid that targeted the premises of a major reseller in the city and an apartment in the same building. The two arrested now face fines of 500KD and up to one year in prison if found guilty of breaking Kuwait’s tough copyright infringement laws.

Investigators say that the pirates were running a highly organised operation from the premises. Customers would request counterfeit CDs from the reseller’s showroom. The illegal copies were then brought from the apartment, where the counterfeit discs were made and stored, to avoid keeping any fake CDs in the actual shop.

“This action proves the will of Kuwaiti authorities to stop those who harm the market by selling illegal software,” said Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the Business Software Alliance. “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.”

“I really hope that this new example is used by all those who persist in their illegal activities. By copying and selling illegal software, they are in contempt of the law, and sooner or later, they will have to face the penalties for it. We thus urge them to reconsider their way of doing business and legalize their business behavior,” concluded Al Redha.

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