Software dealers sign anti-piracy code of ethics

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has honoured UAE software dealers who showed commitment to combating piracy by signing a code of ethics.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  January 5, 2004

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the organisation that represents the interests of global software developers, recently honoured 25 software dealers in the UAE for showing strong commitment to combating software piracy by signing the BSA’s code of ethics. The code binds signatories to neither commit or tolerate the manufacture or use of distribution of unlicensed software and only supply licensed software to customers. The 25 software dealers that signed the code were presented with certificates by Juma Al Leem, Director of Ministry of Information for Northern Emirates at a recent ceremony hosted by BSA in Dubai. “The UAE government has demonstrated strong commitment to the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) by introducing legislation and following it up with concrete action against offenders. This has led to considerable reduction in software piracy and boosted the confidence of global software developers to make investments in the region’s software industry,” says Al Leem. “However, these developments need to be supported by consistent efforts to eradicate software piracy in the region. BSA’s efforts in this direction have already brought commendable results. By signing the Code of Ethics, the software dealers have set an example that will percolate down to the end-users who will thus have a new perspective on software piracy. I am confident that the combined efforts of the government, organisations like BSA and dealers and distributors will ultimately ensure the end of piracy,” he adds. Over the past few years, software piracy has decreased considerably in most countries of the region, according to a recent BSA study. UAE leads the countries that have successfully countered the piracy threat by registering a 36-point drop in piracy rates. Spurred by this success, BSA has stepped up its anti-piracy campaign, of which the Code of Ethics is the latest effort.

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