Judges attend copyright discussions

Key members of the UAE’s judiciary have attended roundtable discussions on the implications of copyright legislation in relation to software piracy.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  March 7, 2004

Key members of the UAE’s judiciary have attended roundtable discussions on the implications of copyright legislation in relation to software piracy. The discussions were organised by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) as part of its efforts to stamp out software piracy in the region. They were held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. “The event contributed to BSA’s ongoing objective of raising awareness about the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR). IPR laws are a priority for the judicial authorities in the UAE. They aim to guarantee the protection of intellectual property and to encourage innovations,” says Ibrahim Bu Malha, Attorney General, Dubai Government. “The country has issued a series of legislations for the protection of IPR with strict penalties for violators. The roundtables provide the representatives of the judicial authorities with the opportunity to share expertise and to update themselves on the latest strategies adopted internationally for the protection of IPR,” he adds. The roundtables, which were addressed by legal experts from the private sector, discussed various aspects and connotations of copyright legislation, with particular reference to the UAE. The strong representation from the UAE judiciary and legal departments reflected the UAE’s commitment to the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the country. Abdul Rahim Yusif El Awad, assistant undersecretary at the Ministry for International Cooperation and Planning, Ministry of Justice, Abu Dhabi, says: “The issue of intellectual property forms the basis of a modern economy. It is therefore crucial that all countries give priority to this issue and thus promote incentives for foreign investment. Against this background, this roundtable on copyright law is a welcome event that will contribute to spreading awareness about the intricacies of issues concerning intellectual property. It is heartening that many representatives of the state judiciary are participating in this event.”

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