UAE launches new blitz on illegal software

Ministry warns businesses they could face closure if caught with illegal products.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  March 31, 2009

The UAE is cracking down on businesses using pirated software, warning them that they could face getting closed down.

The Ministry of Economy (MoE) has launched an anti-piracy campaign called "Using unlicensed software can shut down your business" to educate the public on the consequences of selling and using pirated software.

The campaign, which runs until April 26, is part of a series of similar Gulf-wide efforts to combat software piracy.

The Ministry is focusing on increasing public awareness on intellectual property rights laws and their enforcement, as well as the negative legal, investment, employment and moral effects of piracy.

Mohammed Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, director general, MoE, said: "The Ministry will strive to free the local market from piracy, which would be in the best interest of the national economy and the UAE's competitive business environment.

Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman for the Gulf region, Business Software Alliance, added: "Piracy compromises the UAE's emerging status as a regional and international IT hub. We commend the Ministry for taking a strong stand against copyright violations and showing concern for maintaining competitiveness among local businesses."

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