Software piracy falls 10% in Qatar - report

Drop is result of anti-piracy campaign, including raids on known violators.

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By  Joanna Hartley Published  March 15, 2009

Software piracy rate in Qatar has decreased by almost 10 percent within the last five years as a result of anti-piracy efforts initiated by the government, according to a new report.

The drop is the result of a widespread strategy to stamp out theft of intellectual property rights (IPR) of software developers that has included raids on known violators.

The Qatari Ministry of Business & Trade has been working with the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance in partnership with Autodesk, the world leader in 2D and 3D design software, to promote copyright protection in the country.

Autodesk, which carried out the report, has contributed to the project by providing all engineering and architectural firms in Qatar with licensed engineering and infrastructural design software, which can help to raise their productivity levels.

"We are proud that anti-piracy efforts we have undertaken through the support of the Qatari government and in collaboration with associations of players in IT and software industries are paying off," said Abdullah Ahmed Qayed, head of copyright & neighboring right office in the Ministry of Business and Trade.

"We are fully committed to upholding the intellectual property rights of the authors of these applications, and in the process help Qatar and other regional governments in their fight against illegal distribution of design software and other copyright protected applications," added Asdaf Al Khalidi, IPR and license compliance executive, Autodesk Middle East.

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