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UAE destroys pirated goods

The UAE sent out a clear message on piracy with the large scale destruction of a haul of seized video games, DVDs, computer programs, video machines and computers.

The UAE sent out a clear message on piracy with the destruction of a haul of seized goods.

The goods that were destroyed included: 400,000 video games, 30,000 films on VHS and DVD, 10,000 computer programs, 8,000 video machines used for copying, and 40 personal computers.

The Ministry’s censorship department head, Juma Alleem said seizures over the last few years had put a big dent in the UAE’s piracy problem, and reducing the amount of pirated goods.

The stash of illegal goods was seized during a series of raids, following work between the Dubai Police economic crimes section and the Business Software Alliance.

Piracy in the Middle East resulted in the software industry losing $245.3 million in 1999, with the worst offenders in the region, Lebanon and Oman with piracy rates of 88%. Bahrain reported piracy rates of 82%, Kuwait’s was 81%, while Jordan and Egypt recorded 75%, and Saudi Arabia had 64%. Piracy rates in the UAE fell 2% in 1999 to 47%.

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