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Bahraini authorities attack pirates

Officials of the Ministry of Information in Bahrain have carried out four simultaneous raids to hit software piracy

Four Bahraini companies were targeted by anti-piracy raids in July, as the government increases measures to fight software piracy. The four companies, two trading groups and two computer resellers, were all hit on the same day by the raids, which were carried out by the Bahrain Ministry of Information.

The enforcement action was the first in Bahrain in some time, and marks an attempt to improve the situation in the country, which is among the ten worst in the world for software piracy. The raids revealed over 80 PCs, loaded with illegal copies of Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec software. Dozens of counterfeit CDs of Microsoft programs were confiscated from the computer retailers that were hit.

“The Business Software Alliance welcomes this commitment on the part of the publications department of the Ministry of Information,” said Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the BSA. “They are well aware of the importance of promoting copyright and protecting intellectual property, and we praise them for the important role that they are playing in this regard, as well as their continuous readiness and co-operation. We are happy to be co-operating with them and are certain that their commitment will result in a noticeable improvement of the copyright situation in Bahrain.”

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