Kuwaiti battle against piracy reaping rewards

Kuwait's current battle against software piracy could be worth over $300 million to the countries IT sector by 2006 according to the latest report from IDC.

  • E-Mail
By  Andrew Picken Published  April 27, 2003

Kuwait’s current battle against software piracy could be worth over $300 million to the countries IT sector by 2006 according to the latest report from IDC. The campaign against piracy is aiming to reduce piracy rates from the existing 76% to 66% over the next few years, a move that IDC claim will boost an IT sector that has already doubled in size since efforts began in 1996 to reduce piracy.

The study concluded that Kuwait has already begun to acquire the benefits received from a 13-point drop in piracy rates since 1996. This has helped the software industry to grow by a staggering 320% in this period and helped fuel the growth of the IT sector which now accounts for 1.3 % of the country’s overall economy.

“The research results are a compelling evidence of how the commitment to reduce software piracy by governments in the region such as Kuwait can stimulate tremendous growth in the software industry. The study has clearly shown that lesser piracy could mean faster growth. Cutting Kuwait’s piracy rate by 10% to reach 66% could mean additional revenue of US$375 million to the economy. These positive figures once again bring to the forefront the key role that the protection of Intellectual Property Rights plays in achieving a healthy economic climate and creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs and the Kuwaiti job force in general,” said Jawad Al-Redha, Co-Chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code