Microsoft busts software piracy offenders

Four computer resellers in Oman that were allegedly breaking anti-piracy laws have been busted in a raid. The companies - Al Madina, Al Rafraf, Al Arabiya and World IT - all signed out-of-court settlements after being raided by government agents and Microsoft representatives, the Business Software Alliance reported.

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By  Michele Howe Published  October 1, 2007

Four computer resellers in Oman that were allegedly breaking anti-piracy laws have been busted in a raid.

The companies - Al Madina, Al Rafraf, Al Arabiya and World IT - all signed out-of-court settlements after being raided by government agents and Microsoft representatives, the Business Software Alliance reported.

The agreements allowed the resellers to continue operating on the condition that they abstain from utilising, exhibiting or soliciting any pirated software from Microsoft.

"The government of the Sultanate of Oman has been very proactive in the fight against piracy and Microsoft is pleased to announce another breakthrough in our joint efforts," said Jawad Al Redha, licence compliance manager at Microsoft Gulf.

"The visits and subsequent settlement agreements are excellent examples of how close cooperation between government and private entities along with effective law enforcement and information campaigns can create a huge boost for our mission to build a digital society that is free of criminal elements," he added.

With a software piracy rate of 62%, Oman has one of the region's highest piracy rates although it has declined over the past three years.

Al Redha added that it was important that agencies continued in their efforts to eradicate piracy particularly given the rising adoption of internet in the Middle East which could lead to an increase in software piracy.

"We will not hesitate to pin down repeat offenders or those that discretely violate the provisions of the agreement. Microsoft will continue to work with governments to actively pursue these violators of intellectual property rights," he said.

3695 days ago
Joe

You give a lot of coverage to raids and laws regarding anti-piracy. However has there ever been a raid on any big organisation that has been using illegal software? Take the case of Saudi Arabia where illegal software is sold openly and Microsoft executives walk up and down in front of the sellers . What does Microsoft do about this ? Microsoft does raids in regions where their presence is limited and focuses on small timers.

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