Piracy raids continue in the UAE

Two resellers in the UAE have been caught in possession of illegal software following raids by the Police, the Arabian Anti-Piracy Aliance(AAA) announced.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  June 6, 2002

Anti-piracy raids are continuing around the Middle East with two UAE resellers recently caught in possession of illegal software. The Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance (AAA) announced that the resellers had been raided by the UAE police who found one PC loaded with illegal software and 40 counterfeit CDs, including Adobe Photoshop.

“Such raids illustrate the high costs involved in breaching the copyright law. The use of illegal software is not tolerable and copyright offenders end up facing the harsh consequences of legal action taken against them. Companies and resellers should realize that the copyright law is as strict as any other law. It is illegal in UAE to use unlicensed software copies or sell them and we have been doing our best to increase awareness in the local community on this particular issue,” commented Scott Butler, chief executive officer, AAA.

“The message is a straightforward one. All software developers have the right to earn revenue as a result of the huge time and resource investments dedicated to software advancements. Hence, it is normal that companies, resellers and end users pay for their software, just like they pay for any other commodity,” Butler added.

This raid is the second piracy bust by police this month in the UAE and is part of the Emirates’ campaign to crack down on the illegal use of software.

“Software manufacturers, both local and international, should have confidence in the market and know that they can invest safely in the UAE because the authorities support them and protect their rights,” said Butler. “Unless law abiding resellers in technology are protected by the law, software pirates will threaten the UAE’s leading information technology industry.”

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