Kuwait’s IP team raids reconstruction company

One of Kuwait’s largest reconstruction houses has been raided by the intellectual property department of Kuwait’s Ministry of Information. During the raid, unlicensed software was found on dozens of computers.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  June 3, 2002

One of Kuwait’s largest reconstruction houses has been raided by the intellectual property department of Kuwait’s Ministry of Information. During the raid, unlicensed software was found on dozens of computers. The action comes as the Kuwaiti government steps up its efforts to curb the use and sale of illegal software.

Shaikha Rasha Al Naif Al Sabah, director of the intellectual property department, expressed surprise that such a large businesses would ignore the law and deploy unlicensed software.

“This company in particular is an engineering firm, which means that they sell intellectual property in the form of the designs, plans and projects that they execute, one would have expected them to be community leaders by following proper software management policies,” he said.

The raid was carried out by the department’s team of inspectors, who are all trained to investigate software usage and conduct implementation activities. Established last year, the department also works with various copyright protection organisations to promote awareness on best practices in the government and private sectors.

“Copyright protection is a basic requirement for any country to strengthen and develop its economy in the present day and age. Today, software is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and a very promising sector in Kuwait, we cannot allow illegal activities to obliterate this potential,” added Shaikha Rasha.

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