UAE MOI gets pat on the back from BSA

Business Software Alliance (BSA) has commended the efforts taken by the UAE Ministry of Information to protect intellectual property rights.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 24, 2003

Business Software Alliance (BSA) has commended the efforts taken by the UAE Ministry of Information to protect intellectual property rights. He said that the Ministry’s proactive stance against piracy had led to its decrease at both, the operator and the user level.

“The UAE Ministry of Information has displayed great initiative as it is one of the first government bodies in the region to protect the intellectual property rights of software manufacturers by prescribing tough punishment for violators as well as conducting periodic checks and raids,” said Jawad Al-Redha, Co-Chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance. “The Ministry’s sustained campaign against violators of software laws has gone a long way in creating a robust economy that allows software manufacturers to bring the most innovative solutions into the UAE,” he added.

The organisation has been authorised to demand proof of the software in the event of a suspected violation. It also has the authority to investigate cases of software piracy on behalf of its members.

“UAE Federal laws have made it mandatory for companies and end-users to use original software and to maintain evidence of the original software within the IT systems,” stated Juma Al Leem, director, Ministry of Information, Dubai. “ The issue of protecting the intellectual rights requires curbing all kinds of duplication and pirated tapes. That is why we are coordinating with committed bodies that include enterprises, individuals and security organisations, in order to make concerted efforts to bring an end to this serious malpractice,” he added.

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