Two people held for software piracy

The Dubai Police recently raided a reseller and arrested two persons connected with the illegal download of software. The raid was conducted in coordination with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA).

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 21, 2003

The Dubai Police recently raided a reseller and arrested two persons connected with the illegal download of software. The raid was conducted in coordination with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA).

Two PCs loaded with pirated software including Windows XP and Office XP were seized,. An additional 19 computer software discs loaded with Windows XP, Office XP, all versions of Adobe Photoshop and Autocad were also impounded.

“The arrested persons have been criminally charged with violation of the UAE copyright law for loading software without the required authorisation,” says Scott Butler, CEO of Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance. “The AAA operations team has been monitoring the activities of suspect resellers and the raids are carried out once we receive evidence of misconduct. We are working in close cooperation with the Dubai Police to ensure that stringent penalties are awarded to these violators so that it serves as a deterrent to others.”

The recent raid is part of a concerted campaign carried out by the UAE government to check software piracy in the country. “Software piracy directly affects developers, who face the possibility that pirated copies will outnumber the legal ones, negating expected profits and even turning an otherwise successful product into a financial failure for the company. This can prove detrimental to a country’s economy especially when it involves local IT companies. Such positive measures undertaken by countries like the UAE, will also help in building greater confidence among international IT investors who would like to set up offices in the Middle East to tap the potential IT market in the region,” concludes Butler.

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