Dubai reseller arrested in anti software piracy raid

Dubai authorities recover counterfeit Windows XP OEM packages

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Dubai reseller arrested in anti software piracy raid An unnamed Dubai-based reseller has been charged over software piracy offences.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 10, 2010

An anti software piracy raid in Dubai recently has resulted in a local IT reseller being arrested and charged with IPR offences.

Microsoft said that it collaborated with authorities in Dubai, to conduct the raid against the unnamed Dubai-based reseller. The raid found allegedly counterfeit Microsoft Windows XP Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) packages and loose Microsoft Windows Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels and CDs.

Abdullah Al Hussain, Director of the Censorship Department, UAE Ministry of Economy commented: "The Ministry of Economy is committed to addressing IPR violations in the country, particularly software piracy. With the steady growth of the UAE's IT sector and its significant influence on economic progress, every effort must be made to prevent acts of piracy from compromising the growth and sustained development of this industry."

"Tackling software piracy requires concerted efforts by the rights holders, the reseller channel, the government and the consumers. The resellers in particular need to be more responsible and take the time to fully understand the impact of selling counterfeit software, both on the IT industry and the national economy as a whole. We fully support the efforts of the UAE Ministry of Economy in protecting intellectual property rights across the country," added Jawad Al Redha, IPR Manager, Microsoft Gulf.

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