BSA anti-piracy campaign concludes successfully

BSA's 45-day “Great Opportunity” campaign in the UAE and Kuwait drew to a close on January 5. Judging by the number of companies that came forward to legalise their software, it is clear that the BSA did achieve a certain measure of success in its fight against software piracy.

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By  Vijaya George Published  January 22, 2002

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is clearly pleased with the results it has achieved during its 45 day “Great Opportunity” campaign in the UAE and Kuwait, which drew to a close on January 5. During this period, companies using illegal software were encouraged to get the appropriate licenses without facing any penalty.

Of the 3,192 letters sent out to Kuwaiti companies, the BSA received more than 2,000 answers in writing and around 652 hot line inquiries. 32,563 PCs were enlisted to be checked for illegal software and more than 928 companies have taken steps to legalise their computer applications. In the UAE, of the 3388 companies that were contacted by the BSA, over 2440 companies responded in writing, and more than 786 phone calls were received on the hotline. 990 companies have pledged to legalise their software and more than 56521 PCs were enlisted to be audited.

“Kuwaiti companies showed tremendous initiative and awareness about intellectual property during this campaign,” commented the BSA’s regional director, Jawad Al-Redha. "Kuwait is a buoyant market today, where many highly skilled young people are waiting for the chance to put their talents to work. As the use and trade of illegal software decreases, job opportunities will multiply, confidence will grow, and so will investment and creativity,” added Al-Redha. Kuwait currently has one of the highest piracy rates in the region at 80 per cent along with Bahrain (80 per cent), Qatar (81 per cent) and Lebanon (83 per cent).

Although legal software has gained tremendous ground in the UAE in the past years, where the rate piracy fell from 86% in 1995 to 44% in 2000, corporate piracy continues to remain a concern for software companies in the region. The campaign hoped to tackle this issue in the UAE. “As the market strengthens and develops, the private sector will become more important than ever. Intellectual property protection is key to that development in any market, and we hope that this campaign will have played a role in strengthening intellectual property practices in companies,” added Al Redha.

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