AAA honours UAE Ministry of Economy for IPR efforts

Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance presents plaque to Ministry of Economy in recognition of copyright protection efforts

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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 30, 2008

The Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA) has recognized the efforts of the UAE Ministry of Economy in fighting piracy. The AAA presented plaques and certificates to the Ministry at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The two organizations also discussed the changing face of piracy in the region.

The Dubai-based AAA, formed following an anti-piracy program by the Motion Picture Association, campaigns for copyright laws and enforcement of IPR for all kinds of media, including software and multimedia content.

H.E. Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, Undersecretary - Planning Sector, UAE Ministry of Economy said: "The UAE currently leads the Arab World in intellectual property rights (IPR) protection, and also consistently posts the lowest piracy rates in the region. We have successfully created a conducive environment for foreign investors and safeguarded the integrity of local businesses through strict enforcement of, and continuous improvements to, our IPR laws. However, the rapid growth of the country's and the region's IT sectors necessitate more vigilance and the development of unique strategies to combat the increasingly sophisticated methods of counterfeiters."

Scott Butler, CEO, AAA commented: "The AAA bases its comprehensive results-oriented anti-piracy program on case management, public relations, training, and close collaboration with local government authorities for effective enforcement. The Ministry has performed well in this last area, providing outstanding and immediate support for our regional strategies. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Ministry as together we strive to rid the Arab World of copyright violation."

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