Qatar steps up its fight on pirated software

Qatar Police and the Ministry of Economy & Trade have started acting on recently passed intellectual property right (IPR) legislation.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  February 16, 2003

Qatar’s authorities are planning to step up their fight against the use of illegal software. Qatar Police and the Ministry of Economy & Trade acted on recently passed intellectual property right (IPR) legislation, by carrying out a raid on a company and seizing 35 PCs loaded with pirated software.

The machines where loaded with software from Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe and Autodesk.

The new legislation is being strictly implemented, in an effort to protect the software manufacturers and act as an incentive to attract other IT vendors into the country.

“The Ministry for Economy & Trade has always supported various initiatives against software piracy, because we are fully aware of the negative effects piracy has on different market segments in the country,” says Abdullah Qayed, head of the office for the protection of intellectual property and authors’ rights at the ministry.

“The ministry works in collaboration with Business Software Alliance (BSA) Middle East by following up the complaints received from different software companies or individuals,” he adds.

Qatari’s initiative puts it inline with the efforts of other GCC countries. Governments in the region have realised that combating piracy is a necessary step to ensure development of a local software industry.

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