Resellers hauled up for pirated software

The UAE Ministry of Information and Culture has conducted a large-scale raid on five UAE based resellers dealing in illegal software. During the raid, 88 counterfeit CDs, loaded with illegal programs and pirated software were seized.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  June 22, 2004

The UAE Ministry of Information and Culture has conducted a large-scale raid on five UAE based resellers dealing in illegal software. During the raid, 88 counterfeit CDs, loaded with illegal programs and pirated software were seized. This latest raid is part of the aggressive ongoing anti-piracy campaign launched by the UAE authorities to combat software piracy by intensifying raids on offending traders. “The UAE is one of the leading countries in fighting counterfeit software trading, piracy and other illegal activities. We are taking a tough stand against software piracy in order to protect software companies based in the region,” says Salem Al Amiri, director general, Department of Information Control in the UAE Ministry of Information and Culture. “This has successfully reduced piracy rates in the country. Positive results have been achieved through strict implementation of intellectual property rights (IPR) laws, helping the UAE emerge as the IT hub of the region.” “In the increasingly secure IT scenario leading international software companies are setting up operations in the country to serve the IT needs of the Middle East and neighboring countries. The UAE’s success in drastically reducing piracy levels highlights the importance of protecting Intellectual Property Rights in order to create a healthy business environment for software companies. Eradication of software piracy will further boost the software industry and create more job opportunities in the region,” adds Al Amiri. The Middle East, on average, improved from a piracy rate of 84% in 1994 to 50% in 2002, a drop of 34 points. Leading the region is the UAE with a 50 point drop, from 86% piracy in 1994 to 36% in 2002. “This raid is another step in our ongoing campaign against illegal software traders. The UAE Ministry of Information Control and government authorities are sparing no effort in their objective to wipe out piracy in the country. The authorities have taken concrete and tough measures to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR) by introducing laws that prescribe stiff penalties for violators,” says Scott Butler, CEO of Arabian Antipiracy Alliance (AAA). The government is now targeting even end-users engaged in un-licensed use of original software. Although the incidences of piracy have dropped considerably, the UAE is yet to achieve 100% eradication. AAA estimates that the Middle East region is getting closer to the goal of becoming 70% piracy-free in the next five years.

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