Microsoft takes piracy fight to Kuwait

Vendor carries out anti-piracy raids on resellers after filing criminal complaints

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Microsoft takes piracy fight to Kuwait Microsoft says it takes efforts to protect its intellectual property rights “very seriously”. (Getty Images)
By  Andrew Seymour Published  December 6, 2009

Microsoft's ongoing crusade against dealers selling copied versions of its software has led it to carry out raids on the Kuwaiti channel.

The raids took place last month after Microsoft officially filed criminal complaints in Kuwait, and resulted in the vendor confiscating pirated software CDs and PCs loaded with fake copies of its software.

Microsoft did not reveal how many resellers were implicated in the raids or give any indication of the amount of copied software that it seized.

In a statement announcing the developments, Dale Waterman, Microsoft's corporate attorney for anti-piracy for the MEA region, repeated the message given after other reseller raids in the Gulf this year.

"We are heavily investing our resources and time into winning the battle against piracy by intensifying our collaboration with government and law enforcement agencies in the Gulf region to ensure that pirates are brought to justice," he said. "Our enforcement efforts are a key component in our battle against piracy."

Microsoft claims the latest raids are evidence that by partnering with local government bodies in the region, it has "stepped up" its efforts to take legal action against those who manufacturer and distribute illegal software.

Last month, it revealed that it had carried out five anti-piracy raids in Dubai and Sharjah as it looks to keep up the pressure on the UAE channel.

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