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Oman anti-piracy raids target repeat offenders

Omani authorities have closed down two software retailers for continuing to sell counterfeit software despite previous raids on their premises.

The BSA and Omani authorities are driving home their anti-piracy message, with more raids against illegal software resellers and users. The latest series of raids were against repeat offenders, with two raids on software retailers who had previously been targeted by police for selling illegal software.

Over 100 counterfeit CDs containing illegal copies of Norton AntiVirus, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft and Adobe products were seized. Both businesses, that are owned by the same person, have been shut down because of their continued offences.

A second business was also raided last month in Oman. An engineering company was found in possession of two PCs loaded with illegal copies of Microsoft products and Autodesk AutoCAD.

“It is unfortunate that we are still encountering organizations and individuals who show such a disregard of the law, of fair and ethical business practices,” commented Jawad Al-Redha, Regional Director of the BSA. “Companies should understand that when they break the law in such a manner, they are not only in danger of incurring substantial financial damages, but they are also placing their reputation at risk. Valuable software tools, such as engineering applications, are a means for many companies to earn revenues, but some of them are not willing to pay the legitimate price of that software – it’s simply not fair on the software developers, who invest huge amounts in their research and development. Resellers who make illicit profits on illegal software are putting their users at risk, and hurting the legitimate technology industry.”

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