Dubai reseller arrested in Ministry of Information anti-piracy raid

The Ministry of Information and Dubai Police have arrested one man following an anti-piracy raid on a Dubai reseller.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 18, 2002

The Ministry of Information and Dubai Police have arrested one man following an anti-piracy raid on a Dubai reseller. Pirated CDs and a PC containing illegal copies of Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows and Office were confiscated during the raid, as part of the Dubai authorities efforts to eliminate software piracy.

“This is yet another case that illustrates the risks that individuals and companies face when they deal in unlicensed software,” said Scott Butler, chief executive officer, of the Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance. “We praise the Ministry of Information and the Dubai police for their great efforts to support the country’s IT industry. Everyone should know that copying software is against the law. Those involved in it end up incurring serious hardships, in terms of damage to their reputation as well as financial and legal hurdles.”

“Our aim is not to raid people, it is to inform them of the harm that they are causing on the economy when they sell or use illegal software, and help them legalise their activities. But sometimes we are forced to take action: before a raid is planned or executed, the target individuals or businesses are given several notices to license their software, so when they are raided, it is only because they have insisted on choosing the illegal route,” concluded Butler.

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