BSA: software pirates will be brought to book in UAE

Software piracy in the construction sector is being clamped down on, with cases going through the courts in Dubai, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) claims.

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By  Peter Branton Published  March 13, 2005

Software piracy in the construction sector is being clamped down on, with cases going through the courts in Dubai, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) claims. Last week, IT Weekly reported that software vendors are concerned about the levels of software piracy in the construction sector (see IT Weekly, 5-11 March 2005). “We have come across a few cases recently where a lot of design software has been used by construction companies in the UAE, but there wasn't a corresponding increase in the issue of software licenses, which meant that there were some companies using pirated software, brought in from overseas and copied, or through other ways,” said Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance. A recent BSA report has shown that in 2003, BSA member companies suffered losses to the tune of $US 29 billion because of piracy, and it predicts this amount could rise significantly if necessary preventive measures are not taken by the industry with the support of the government. The BSA claims that regular raids have and will continue to be conducted to trace offenders and when proved in the court of law, IPR violators will be held responsible for their illegal activities and punished accordingly. A comprehensive set of IPR legislations have been set out by the UAE government, and it has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the cause, according to BSA. Crucial to this commitment has been a concerted drive to educate the industry on the technical and legal disadvantages of using pirated software.

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