Kuwait catches more pirates

Kuwait's Ministry of Information conducts more raids; two resellers arrested for loading illegal software.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 26, 2003

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information has arrested two resellers in Kuwait City for loading unauthorised software programmes of leading software manufacturers on their PCs. The raid was conducted with the help of the software manufacturers and the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA).

“Software pirates have been on the run over the past few months, after we intensified our campaign against the violators of copyright laws,” said Scott Butler, CEO of AAA. “The latest raid was conducted after keeping a sustained vigil on the offenders. The blatant manner in which the resellers are loading unauthorised software is a serious offence and by penalising these offenders we are conveying a strong message to software pirates that these violations will not be tolerated in Kuwait.”

He added that Kuwait’s stance against piracy would “attract more reputed software players to help raise the IT standards in Kuwait and also commit investments in the local market.” Kuwait claims that its aggressive attempts to rid the country of anti-piracy have led to a steady decrease in software piracy.

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