Ministry of Information raids end user

Bahrain's Ministry of Information seizes 50 PCs loaded with software including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Office 97, Norton Anti-Virus 2000, Norton Anti-Virus 2001 and Adobe PhotoShop.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  January 26, 2003

Bahrain’s Ministry of Information has seized over 50 PCs loaded with illegal software in a raid on an end user organisatsion. The machines were packed with software including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Office 97, Norton Anti-Virus 2000, Norton Anti-Virus 2001 and Adobe PhotoShop.

“The raid conducted by the Bahrain Ministry of Information sends out a compelling message that Bahrain means business when it comes to fighting software piracy,” comments Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance, the international body that represents software developers.

“We would like to applaud the efforts made by the Bahraini authorities in combating software piracy through regular raids on resellers and customers and hope they will serve as warning to all parties indulging in copyright violations across the Gulf,” he adds.

The latest incident is part of Bahrain's campaign to preserve intellectual property rights. The island’s authorities have been tracking resellers responsible for pushing illegal software and the end user organisations that are infringing copyright laws.

“We work closely with governments in this campaign against piracy,” comments Al Redha.

“The raids are conducted following tip-offs by authorised resellers who are adversely affected due to pirated software being sold by unscrupulous operators. On behalf of the software industry, we would like to remind software pirates that strong action would be taken against violators. Most governments are convinced that software piracy is bad for business as well as for end users,” he adds.

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