Two distributors arrested in UAE raids

MoE confiscates 4,000 Pay TV decoders from warehouses in Dubai

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  November 25, 2008

The UAE Ministry of Economy has confiscated 4,000 illegal Pay TV decoders from two warehouses in Dubai and taken its proprietors into custody.

MoE revealed that the confiscated decoders were in violation of intellectual property rights and the two distributors caught in the raids were criminally charged with violating the national copyright law.

In a message reflecting the government’s aggressive stand against piracy MoE general manager H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi said that the Ministry “intends to maintain Dubai’s status as a model of the national and regional anti-piracy movement and in the process enhance the UAE’s reputation as a regional IT business and investment hub.” He added that they “…will eventually win the war against intellectual property rights violators.”

The raids were in reponse to specific complaints that were forwarded to MoE by the Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance from Irdeto Access, a company that specialises in the delivery of content across broadcast, internet, mobile, enterprise and government network platforms.

“We were really concerned with how much our services were being brazenly compromised by these illegal decoder box distributors. Our commitment to quality digital delivery services to our customers drove us to seek governmental assistance. The total number of boxes seized really surprised us and has encouraged us to remain more vigilant against IP violators,” commented Steven Kuster from Irdeto Access.

Seventy one raids involving the Arabian Anti-piracy Alliance have been conducted in the region since February this year.

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We, as Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property support the honorable decision of MoE general manager H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi to fight the IP Rights' infringers and violators and do the same fromour side to spread the awarness of the inportance of IP RIghts, especially in this part of the world. The UAE goverment incorporated in the Department of Economic Development are paying a paramount importance to this matter and fighting bravely the cases of violations in the UAE. We hope that all businessmen and traders become aware of the IP RIghts and try to protect their brands to protect in their products from immitaion. Thank you. Mohamed

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