Bahrain resellers raided

Bahrain’s Ministry of Information has raided the premises of two IT resellers, and confiscated two computers and 89 CDs containing pirated software. The raids were carried out in partnership with Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and are indicative of a drive to crack down on violations of intellectual property rights in the Kingdom.

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By  Dawinderpal Sahota Published  December 21, 2006

Bahrain’s Ministry of Information has raided the premises of two IT resellers, and confiscated two computers and 89 CDs containing pirated software. The raids were carried out in partnership with Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and are indicative of a drive to crack down on violations of intellectual property rights in the Kingdom. Hasan Aun, acting director of the department of press and publication at Bahrain Ministry of Information, said: “Strict enforcement of IPR laws in Bahrain is of paramount importance from an economic perspective since a piracy-free environment is bound to attract investments from leading multinational software companies.” He continued: “The efforts of the Government of Bahrain to bring down piracy rates in the country have been commendable and we hope that individuals and companies extend their full co-operation to protect IPR laws.” The Ministry’s publications and press department claims that it has been constantly striving to combat software piracy through continuous raids and vigilance in order to reduce the negative impact of piracy on companies and businesses operating in Bahrain. Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman at BSA Middle East, reckons that these enhanced efforts by authorities in Bahrain to prevent piracy have definitely had a positive effect in the countries IT sector causing many companies to conform to using original software. “Through regular awareness campaigns on the detrimental affects of using pirated software and the legal and commercial repercussions of buying and trading illegal software, retailers and end-users will make a genuine effort to safeguard copyright and IPR laws,” he added. Bahrain’s anti-piracy drive comes in tandem with other GCC governments stepping up their efforts to clamp down on piracy by educating people about intellectual property and its importance to their country’s economy. The Ministry of Information claims that these recent raids show that it is serious about preventing the use or trade of illegal software and their efforts to provide a secure IT environment for software developers and investors in the Kingdom. IDC studies indicate that the piracy rate in Bahrain declined from 62% in 2004 to 60% a year later.

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