More action needed claims BSA

The Co-Chair of the Business Software Alliance, Jawad Al Redha, has called on a more cohesive response to software piracy from Governments in the Middle East.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  February 9, 2004

The Co-Chair of the Business Software Alliance, Jawad Al Redha, has called on a more cohesive response to software piracy from Governments in the Middle East. “The future of IT depends on how we respect and implement the Intellectual Property Rights laws,” explained Al Redha. “Some [governments] are doing great, some are muddled, but the best example is the UAE. I wish the other countries in the region would take the same steps as the UAE. It is not enough to just have the law, it is more important to enforce that law and to respect that law.” Al Redha’s comments follow the first anti-piracy raid of the year in the UAE when the UAE Ministry of Information and Sharjah Police raided a reseller in Sharjah and seized two PCs loaded with pirated software. The police also seized 81 CDs containing copies of pirated software and programmes, including Windows XP, Office XP, Office 2000 and Windows 98. “The tremendous fall in piracy rates is well documented by now,” said Scott Butler, CEO of the Arabian Antipiracy Alliance (AAA). “However, there are cases of individual resellers that cannot resist the temptation to make a fast buck through the use of pirated software.” “We are dreaming to have zero piracy but there is nowhere in the world that has no piracy. But at least when you see a decrease in piracy year by year, it is a good sign, I think we are going in the right direction,” added Al Redha.

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