Five Kuwaiti computer companies raided for piracy

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information (MoI) recently confiscated five computers loaded with pirated software following raids on five computer companies in Kuwait City.

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By  Colin Edwards Published  July 10, 2006

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information (MoI) recently confiscated five computers loaded with pirated software following raids on five computer companies in Kuwait City. The raids, carried out in cooperation with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Association (AAA), are seen as the MoI intensifyng its commitment to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) in the area and forms part of its strategy to encourage the use of original software. The MoI is launching multiple initiatives which aim at raising public awareness about the laws and regulations of IPR which categorise the use and trade of pirated software as an illegal act. “The Ministry is committed to support the issue of IPR protection and will step up its efforts to limit the use and trade of illegal products, as we are fully aware of the negative impact of this practice on the national economy. Software piracy leads to an unbalanced economy and hampers the country’s progress and growth. We are currently working on specific strategies to increase awareness about the detrimental effects of piracy on the nation,” said Tarek Al Ajmi, Assistant Under Secretary for Press and Journalism Affairs, Ministry of Information Kuwait. Scott Butler, CEO AAA said: “The latest raid was carried out after the companies concerned were monitored closely. The raid sends a strong message to the public about the importance of respecting the IPR laws.” “These raids are a very effective tool to increase awareness that software piracy is illegal and that the Kuwait IPR law incriminates end-users too,” he added.

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