Kuwait computer companies raided in piracy clampdown

The Kuwait Ministry of Information working in association with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Association (AAA) has raided five computer companies in Kuwait City. The series of raids underlined the Ministry’s commitment to protecting intellectual property rights.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  July 17, 2006

The Kuwait Ministry of Information working in association with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Association (AAA) has raided five computer companies in Kuwait City. The series of raids underlined the Ministry’s commitment to protecting intellectual property rights (IPR). The Ministry of Information confiscated five computers loaded with pirated software during the raids. The campaign forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to encourage the use of original software and raise public awareness about the laws and regulations regarding IPR, which categorise the use and trade of pirated software as an illegal act. Tarek al Ajmi, assistant under secretary for press and journalism affairs at the Ministry of Information Kuwait, commented: “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,” he added. Scott Butler, CEO at AAA, added: “We commend the efforts of the Kuwait Ministry of Information to protect IPR. The authorities have been effectively implementing the IPR laws and 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.” “We are delighted to be part of the anti-piracy campaign, not only because we are fighting one of the most dangerous commercial crimes but also because this increases the trust of the international software developers in the country. 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,” Butler continued.

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