Adobe predicts bright future

The recent drop in software piracy rates across the Middle East will spur an increase in software development during 2004 according to Adobe Systems Europe.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  December 2, 2003

The recent drop in software piracy rates across the Middle East will spur an increase in software development during 2004 according to Adobe Systems Europe.

"The region's impressive achievements in reducing software piracy are motivating international software developers to enhance their commitment by introducing more advanced products in the market," said Ibrahim Lahoud, Middle East regional manager, Adobe Systems Europe.

"This implies that they will invest more in developing Arabic versions of their programmes, once they are convinced that piracy is on the decline. Local software developers will [also] be encouraged to hike their investments in customised solutions for the regional market."

Lahuod credits the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for its role in protecting the rights of software vendors throughout the region. "BSA has led the anti-piracy front by bringing into focus the ill-effects of piracy, including the financial loss it causes to the vendors, the risk it poses to the users' systems and the setback it causes for the economies of the region and to the IT industry as a whole," added Lahoud.

"Our strategy was to convince the local governments about the importance of combating piracy and this was achieved by getting copyright laws passed in most states," said Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman of BSA Middle East. "The interests of all international and regional software players are now well protected in the region."

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