Another reseller raided

A Kuwaiti reseller has become the latest target of the region’s growing clampdown on pirate software.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  November 3, 2002

A Kuwaiti reseller has become the latest target of the region’s growing clampdown on pirate software. The reseller was allegedly loading unlicensed software onto newly sold computers as well as trading in counterfeit CDs.

Kuwait has made a series of raids recently as it looks to better protect intellectual property rights in the country. The authorities have been using a countrywide report listing companies and resellers thought to be using or selling illegal software. The government warns that every company on the list will be investigated and prosecuted if found to be violating the law.

“It is our duty to ensure that the rights of companies who invest in our country are protected and that the law remains above everyone,” says Sheikha Rasha Al Sabah, director of the Intellectual Property Department at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information.

“That is why our focus today more than ever before is on prosecuting those who choose not to abide by the law; and that in order to provide a healthy economical environment for all intellectual property holders throughout Kuwait,” he adds.

The raids are the most visible result of the recently established joint task force between Kuwait’s Ministry of Information, the Municipality and the Ministry of Interior to fight copyright infringement throughout the country.

“ Each new raid brings us a step closer to our target, which is to achieve a piracy free environment. We know that the road ahead is still long, but we are committed to intellectual property and to the rights of its owners,” concludes Sheikha Rasha.

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