Piracy raid bags nine PCs

Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Information have conducted another software piracy raid, this time seizing nine PCs loaded with unauthorised software.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 26, 2004

Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Information have conducted another software piracy raid, this time seizing nine PCs loaded with unauthorised software. The raid was carried out on the offices of an oil company in Dubai and has been hailed as an important move for the anti-piracy movement. “The latest raid by Dubai Police will serve as yet another assurance to global and regional software players that the UAE is serious when it comes to taking action against violators of the Copyright Law,” said Scott Butler, CEO of Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance (AAA). “As our objective is to protect the copyright of software developers, which include most of the world’s biggest players, working in close coordination with government authorities holds the key to our success.” According to the AAA, piracy rates in the UAE have been reduced from 86% in 1994 to 36% in 2002. “We appreciate the support that has been provided by Dubai Police and the Ministry of Information, which in turn promotes the healthy growth of the software industry in the UAE,” added Butler.

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