AAA arrest pirate software reseller

The Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance [AAA] has announced that the Ministry of Information and Dubai Police have successfully raided a Dubai computer reseller in possession of pirated software.

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By  Daniel Anderson-Ford Published  March 20, 2002

The Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance [AAA] has announced that the Ministry of Information and Dubai Police have successfully raided a Dubai computer reseller in possession of pirated software.

A total of 47 illegal CDs and software-laden computers were confiscated by Police, and the haul included software such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Windows. No precise details of the retailer and likely punishment were available at the time of writing.

“This is yet another case that illustrates the risks that individuals and companies face when they deal in unlicensed software,” commented Michael Butler, CEO of the AAA.

The ongoing work of the AAA, operative since the passing of the UAE copyright law in 1992, has successfully reduced the country’s piracy levels to a regional low of 44 per cent. The region’s average currently stands at 57 per cent.

Butler continued: “Our aim is not to raid people, it is to inform them of the harm that they are causing to the economy when they sell or use illegal software.”

The AAA is also responsible for policing criminal activity with pay-TV smartcards, and in combination with encryption specialists Irdeto Access has announced a string of successful cases against pirates over the past two years.

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