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Pirated software owners targeted in Oman

Oman’s government has taken action against four computer resellers as part of a crackdown on counterfeit IT products.

Officials from Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Culture recently seized one PC from each of four resellers’ premises. The computers contained a variety of illegal software titles including counterfeit Windows operating systems.

The move was part of the Oman government’s increased efforts to combat piracy and uphold copyright law, this recent effort being carried out in partnership with the Business Software Alliance.

"The recent inspections by the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture will serve as yet another warning to software pirates that the government is serious about protecting the interests of software manufacturers who spend millions of dollars in developing original software programs," said Scott Butler, chief executive of the Arabian Antipiracy Alliance.

He added a warning, "It is a serious crime to use the software illegally. Resellers uploading unlicensed software misguide the end-user into believing that unlicensed software can deliver as good a performance as original software."

This news comes after renewed calls earlier this month from the Co-Chair of the Business Software Alliance, Jawad Al Redha, for a more cohesive response to software piracy from Middle East governments. The UAE is regarded by the Alliance as leading the region’s fight against counterfeit software.

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