Oman gets tough on IPR violations

The Omani government has announced a fresh initiative to curb Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations in the country.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 25, 2004

The Omani government has announced a fresh initiative to curb Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations in the country. Khalid Al Ghassani, general manager, directorate of Culture, Omani Ministry of Heritage and Culture, made the announcement and reiterated his government’s commitment to the eradication of software piracy from the Sultanate of Oman. “Omanis have a rich cultural heritage and understand the need for the protection of intellectual property rights,” said His Highness Sayed Haitham Bin Tareq, Minister of Heritage and Culture, Oman. “The Sultani Decree 37/00 of June 2000 is a comprehensive legislation against IPR violation. The legislation has been further supported by consistent IPR awareness campaigns organised by the Omani government and Business Software Alliance (BSA).” “Software piracy rates in the Sultanate of Oman have been gradually decreasing. This has been possible due to clearly stated copyright laws, a definite and strong will to implement the laws and the support of organisations such as BSA that has contributed to increased awareness amongst the distributors, resellers and users alike,” added Al Ghassani. “The explicit support of the Omani government has been invaluable in our campaign to spread awareness about the negative effects of IPR violations on a country’s economy,” said Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance. “Besides a loss of revenue to the industry and the government, IPR violations suffocate research and development (R&D), effectively ensuring that the regions where software piracy is high do not receive the benefits of cutting-edge software innovations coming out of the global R&D labs.”

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