Omani police raid pirate software dens
Counterfeit Microsoft CDRs were seized along with PCs
The Royal Oman Police recently conducted three separate raids on IT retailers in the Ruwi business district of Muscat, to crack down on software piracy.
The police caught the shop operators selling pirated software, and seized both PCs and CDs containing counterfeit versions of popular Microsoft programmes.
"Selling pirated software as a software reseller, in full view of the buying public, is a blatant disregard of the law. We would like to [offer] all software resellers a chance to reform their ways and become allies of the legitimate software trade. We plan to be uncompromising with regard to repeat offenders and those who continue to disregard the law. Our latest raids are intended to remind those involved in software piracy that Oman will not tolerate any violation of intellectual property rights," a spokesperson from Oman Police said.
"We thank the Oman Police for their dedication to addressing the piracy threat faced by Oman's software industry. We would once again like to call on the software reseller channel to respect the intellectual property rights, take note of the security and privacy risks associated with counterfeit software used by their own customers and help the industry and Oman reduce the levels of piracy. For our part we continue to offer our full support for private and government initiatives aimed at reducing software piracy in Oman," said Jawad Al Redha, chair, Business Software Alliance, Gulf Region.