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BSA aids Oman piracy fight

Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry is bidding to crack down on piracy within the country after recruiting the assistance of the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The anti-piracy outfit has just conducted a training scheme with the Ministry’s inspectors and law enforcement bodies in order to tackle the problem.

The training, aimed to equip officers with the skills to identify companies that breach intellectual property rights laws, placed an emphasis on how to distinguish between original and pirated software.

It is the latest in a series of exercises conducted by the BSA to educate and raise awareness amongst regulatory authorities in the region.

Jawad Al Redha, cochairman at BSA Middle East, said: “One of the prerequisites to an effective antipiracy strategy involves ensuring that investigating officers gain sufficient expertise to perform their responsibilities efficiently, and we find the Omani authorities’ efforts in this direction very encouraging.

We commend them for their continued efforts to bring down the piracy rate in the country, and call upon more governmental authorities in the region to organise similar training and awareness programmes.”

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