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BSA hails UAE

The Business Software Alliance has praised the UAE for its enforcement of copyright law, putting the country forward as a standard bearer of IP Rights

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has hailed the UAE’s role in the crackdown on software piracy. Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the BSA, said: “The UAE has amended its copyright law and further improved the way copyright holders are protected. The new law confirms the UAE as the region’s standard-bearer of intellectual property rights.

“The Business Software Alliance applauds the UAE government’s move to update and further improve the country’s already effective Copyright Law to ensure that intellectual property right holders are protected. This new copyright law confirms the UAE as the region’s standard bearer of intellectual property rights.”

The BSA’s reaction came after the announcement of a new Federal Copyright Law for the protection of the rights of creators and related persons which increases the period of copyright protection and re-emphasises the requirement for a license for using copyrighted works including such works as software, books, audio and video.

According to Chapter 7 of the new law, those who are caught manufacturing or importing pirated works for either sale, rent, use, or circulation without permission as well as entities using software without the right holder’s permission, are in violation of the law. The law imposes penalties of prison terms and fines of no less than Dhs 10,000.

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