Pirates raided in Jordan

Two computer companies in Jordan have been raided as the Department of National Library steps up its efforts against computer piracy. The raids on two Amman-based companies resulted in the confiscation of PCs and CDs loaded with pirated software.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  September 10, 2006

Two computer companies in Jordan have been raided as the Department of National Library steps up its efforts against computer piracy. The raids on two Amman-based companies resulted in the confiscation of PCs and CDs loaded with pirated software. The cases have now been handed over to the relevant authorities. Radwan Al Jarah, channel manager at Autodesk, an IT reseller in Jordan, said: “We hope more trading companies benefit from the incentives that software manufacturers offer firms committed to the use and trade of original software. We thank the various authorities for their support to the anti-piracy campaign, especially the Department of National Library, and assure our continued cooperation in their efforts to ensure that IPR laws are respected.” Ali Al Harakeh, official spokesperson of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in the Middle East, said: “In conducting the raids, the National Library has sent a strong message to companies involved in the use and trade of pirated software that authorities in Jordan would not tolerate IPR violations. It is encouraging to note that Jordanian authorities recognise the detrimental impact of software piracy on the national economy and are determined to fight the piracy threat. BSA will continue to cooperate with the concerned authorities to prevent violation of the copyright law, which Jordan had enacted in 1992.” “BSA, in association with the National Library, is stepping up its campaign to raise awareness about the perils of indulging in acts that are in breach of IPR laws. We are also cooperating with local organizations and industry bodies to launch a concerted effort to check software piracy,” Al Harakeh continued. Mamoun Al Talhouni, Director General, Department of National Library, said, “We call upon the various government departments in Jordan to join us in our campaign to prevent IPR violations. We also urge software manufacturers to report any IPR violations that have come to their notice, so we can initiate the necessary legal measures. We hope our continued association with BSA will help us make significant progress in our efforts to fight piracy.” Jordan’s drive against software piracy has the direct backing of King Abdullah Bin Al Hussein. The government hopes that the protection of IPR will help drive the development of the country’s IT and communications sectors. Across the Middle East, BSA raids have targeted computer companies and resellers involved in the distribution and sale of pirated software.

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