More raids in Kuwait

Kuwait's Ministry of Informations hounds more copyright violators; reseller in Hawally brought to book.

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By  Vijaya George Published  November 12, 2002

Kuwait’s Ministry Of Information has been announcing victory after victory over the last year in its fight against copyright infringement. The most recent raid was conducted against a computer shop in Hawally, which was found to be readying a computer, loaded with illegal software, for sale. The reseller has been charged for using and trading in copyrighted material.

According to Sheikha Rasha Al Sabah, director of the Intellectual Property department at the Ministry Of Information, Kuwait, this operation was one of the most significant as investigations revealed that the reseller had been systematically loading unlicensed software on new computers. “The ministry’s investigators are constantly working to expose those who break the law. We have been working for years to raise public awareness on the importance of respecting the law and implementing all regulations pertaining to intellectual property. Thus, the only option left to us now is to conduct raids so that everyone respects the Kuwaiti copyright laws,” stated Sheikha Rasha.

She also urged employees and shops that are not abiding by intellectual property laws to respect the country’s legislation, “in order to make ethical profits that will serve Kuwait’s economy”.

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