Training centres face software crackdown

Training centres that use pirated software are being targeted by authorities in the UAE, according to industry bodies.

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By  Peter Branton Published  October 25, 2004

Training centres that use pirated software are being targeted by authorities in the UAE, according to industry bodies. Sharjah Police recently seized 70 PCs loaded with pirated software from a training centre in the emirate, with the raid being conducted in support with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Information. “The UAE authorities are continuing their campaign against the individuals and institutions that are violating the status of IPR in the country,” said Scott Butler, CEO of the Arabian Antipiracy Alliance (AAA). “The latest raid should serve as a warning to all those indulging in piracy and should convey the message that the UAE will not tolerate violations of intellectual property rights. The UAE has made excellent progress in software piracy reduction by adopting stringent ITP laws and insisting that all users display evidence of using original software.” While software piracy across the entire Middle East and Africa region is currently running at a figure of 55%, according to the Business Software Alliance, the UAE’s piracy rate is just 34%.

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