UAE authorities seize pirated software

UAE authorities are continuing to crack down on software piracy with the raid of a construction company in Abu Dhabi netting 20 PCs loaded with illegal software.

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By  Peter Branton Published  April 11, 2004

UAE authorities are continuing to crack down on software piracy with the raid of a construction company in Abu Dhabi netting 20 PCs loaded with illegal software. The UAE has managed to reduce its levels of software piracy massively in the past few years, down from 86% in 1984 to 36% in 2002. By doing so, it wants to continue to attract IT companies to do business in the country. “A piracy free environment is crucial to building the right business environment in order to attract local and global investments,” said Scott Butler, CEO of AAA. “While the negative effects of using copied software are minimal on users, piracy has a far reaching effect on IT companies in the UAE and across the region, resulting in losses worth several million dollars annually. This has forced software development companies to decrease their budget for development of new programs, thus stifling innovation,” he added.

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