Three companies caught in Oman anti-piracy raids

Omani authorities have uncovered three large businesses using pirated software following a series of raids.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 7, 2002

Omani authorities have raided three large enterprises in Oman as part of ongoing anti-piracy action. All three companies were found in possession of illegally copied software, with over one hundred PCs found loaded with pirated software. The companies have all been given one week to legalise their software.

Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the Business Software Alliance praised the action of the authorities: “A year ago, the Omani government demonstrated its resolve to act against illegal software through a series of comparable raids, that were also meant to warn everyone about the risks of using or trading in illegal software. Yet some people decided to ignore the law and went on with their illicit practices, so the government was simply forced to use new enforcement activities against them.”

Under Omani anti-piracy laws the managers of the companies involved could face fines of up to 2000 Omani riyals and prison sentences of up to two years if they fail to take action within the given period. Among the pirated software discovered were copies of Microsoft Windows, Office, Norton Anti Virus 02, Autodesk Autocad, Adobe Photoshop, Lotus Smart Suite, and applications from Borland and Novel.

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