Software raid in Bahrain

A Bahraini air conditioner distributor is the latest company to have PCs loaded with pirate software impounded. Ministry officials seized 25 computers.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  November 25, 2002

A Bahraini air conditioner distributor is the latest company to have PCs loaded with pirate software impounded. Officials from he country’s Minister of Information seized 25 computers from the company.

The seizure is the latest result of a growing clampdown on pirate software in Bahrain. Last month, for instance, the Ministry raided a reseller found dealing in counterfeit software. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) welcomed the raid.

"Small to Medium businesses represent the largest sector in any market, especially in Bahrain,” says Jawad Al-Redha, BSA’s regional director “thus, the use of illegal software by this sector causes large losses for software developers and resellers alike. The Bahraini government is clearly aware of this, which proves, once more, its commitment to develop and support the Kingdom’s IT sector."

"We welcome this new action by the Bahraini Ministry of Information, and applaud the support it provides to IT development in Bahrain and the whole region. We believe that it will continue its relentless efforts to promote copyright laws and stop violators” he continues.

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