Pirated software seized in UAE raid

A company in Fujairah has become the latest target of an anti-piracy campaign led by the UAE’s Ministry of Information (MoI). A raid on the firm resulted in the seizure of 93 computers.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  December 28, 2003

A company in Fujairah has become the latest target of an anti-piracy campaign led by the UAE’s Ministry of Information (MoI). The ministry teamed up with Fujairah Police in a raid on the firm that resulted in the seizure of 93 computers uploaded with illegal software.

The raid, the first of its type in the East coast emirate, uncovered 185 copies of pirated software and programmes, including AutoDesk Autocad Version 14, AutoDesk Autocad 14 Mechanical, Autocad 2000 and 2002, Visual Basic 6.0, Encarta 2000, Microsoft Project and Office 2000 Pro, Office 97 and Windows Millennium, ’98, XP and 2000.

“Users and resellers must understand that they need to use original software in order to avoid legal action. The latest raid once again demonstrates the determination of the UAE authorities in combating software piracy across the country,” says Scott Butler, CEO of Arabian Antipiracy Alliance (AAA). “The countrywide anti-piracy campaign demonstrates the UAE government’s aggressiveness in giving top priority to intellectual property rights, in order to protect consumers and businesses from the negative effects of piracy. It is important that individuals and companies insist on authorised software in order to ensure a higher return on investment from the IT systems they have deployed,” he adds.

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