BSA tackles IPR issues at Jordan summit

Anti-software piracy body Business Software Alliance (BSA) has kicked off its third annual Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) forum in Jordan. The two-day event — which aims to assess the IPR protection measures are being implemented across the region — saw attendance from a number of authorities continuing to address the safeguarding of property rights.

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By  Dawinderpal Sahota Published  February 26, 2007

Anti-software piracy body Business Software Alliance (BSA) has kicked off its third annual Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) forum in Jordan. The two-day event — which aims to assess the IPR protection measures are being implemented across the region — saw attendance from a number of authorities continuing to address the safeguarding of property rights. Mamoun Talhouni, director general at Jordan National Library, said: “The IPR forum in Amman will provide an ideal setting for participants to share best practices, knowledge and experiences in IPR protection, and deliberate on innovative and more effective methods of curbing the piracy menace in the region's software industry. The forum will help highlight various economic detriments of piracy that could affect societies and economies of the Arab world.” He cited the fact that Jordan is hosting the conference for its second time reinforces the country’s commitment towards upholding protection of IPR. “We call upon all concerned authorities to provide their support to create a safe digital world; we should also leverage the forum’s platform to work towards greater cooperation with various governments and authorities to fight piracy. We are glad to be part of this forum standing next to BSA helping them curb the menace of piracy,” he added. Alastair De Wet, compliancy manager MEA at Adobe, claims that a sustained and combined approach from the governments, corporate and individual must be taken to reduce piracy rates. “The increased level of IT penetration among all sectors in the market has encouraged us to help in the distribution of IPR laws,” he said. “Also the huge losses suffered by software companies each year due to the threat of piracy, coupled with the damage caused to individual and corporate users in terms of loss of data and harm to computers systems, are enough reasons to take stringent actions against violators of intellectual property right laws.'” BSA used the event to allow participants to share their experiences and best practices in curbing piracy. According to IDC, software piracy levels in the Middle East dropped one percentage point to 57% in 2005, while the global piracy rate remained unchanged at 37%. Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman at BSA Middle East, added: “Governments and corporations in the Middle East have recognised the fact that the degree of success achieved by a country in its economic progress is to a large extent dependent on the efficient implementation of IPR and the use of original software by the industry. The concerted efforts by the authorities, government departments and agencies to bring down piracy rates in their respective countries have shown positive results, with a marked decline in piracy rates in most of the Arab world,” he concluded.

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