Saudi raids rake in haul of 38,000 pirated CDs

Ministry hopes to curb market for fake products in Kingdom, estimated to be worth around $4 billion a year

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 24, 2009

A recent anti-piracy crackdown by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information has raked in an astonishing 38,000 illegal movie and game CDs from the streets of Riyadh.

Riyadh police targetted vendors at the Olaya market and then expanded their search to Haraj Bin Gassem, south of the city. After being questioned by authorities to find out key supplier information, the vendors were made to sign pledges, promising not to repeat their unlawful actions.

Scott Butler, CEO of the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA) commended the Ministry’s efforts, adding that “they were able to dramatically reduce the number of illegal vendors roaming Riyadh’s streets”.

The Ministry has promised to continue anti-piracy campaigns until street vendors are no longer present in the country in an effort to curb violations of intellectual property rights (IPR).

The annual market for counterfeit products in Saudi Arabia presently stands at around $4 billion.

3739 days ago

Just a day or two after I read about this crackdown I saw movie dvd's being fearlessly sold in front of my favorite shawarma shop. 10 Riyal a piece - the going rate for any pirated media.

3744 days ago
Sharbeen Sarash

Really don't understand why is pirated CDs still on large. Majority of the public has changed their track of depending to other source. And that source is Internet. This doesnt change how piracy moves on. Even blocking website has become of no use with latest softwares to access blocked sites.

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