Gulf works to protect IPR

Gulf countries are stepping up their efforts against software piracy, according to industry body the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which has this week commended the efforts of Bahrain and Dubai in protecting intellectual property rights (IPR).

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By  Andrew Picken Published  April 13, 2003

Gulf countries are stepping up their efforts against software piracy, according to industry body the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which has this week commended the efforts of Bahrain and Dubai in protecting intellectual property rights (IPR).

Bahrain has made the protection of IPR a priority in the Kingdom through a series of educational campaigns aimed at increasing PC users awareness of the issue, and the importance of respecting copyright on the Internet, the BSA said.

“The Bahrain Government’s commitment in strictly implementing and supporting IPR is truly praiseworthy. This has greatly enhanced the use of legal software within the Kingdom,” said Jawad Al-Redha, Co-chairman, Middle East BSA. “The Kingdom is one of the best examples of how a country can achieve positive results in the field of IT development. This has attracted a large number of international companies to Bahrain as well as increased levels of foreign investment,” he added.

“We are working in close coordination with the BSA to increase the effective implementation of IPR in general and particularly in the case of software,” said Jamal Dawood Salman, director of publishing for Bahrain’s Ministry of Information. This was contributing to opening up Bahrain’s economy for greater investment in the IT sector, he added.

Separately, the Dubai Police force has also been commended for its work on protecting intellectual property rights, with a ceremony honoring Dubai Police Chief Major General Dhani Khalfan Tamim. The UAE was described as a leader in the Arab world in its work on IPR, exceeding the performance of some European countries.

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