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Bahrain Ministry signs software agreement

In an effort to stamp out copyright violation, Ministry inks pact with trade association Business Software Alliance.

The Ministry of Information in Bahrain has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Business Software Alliance to stamp out copyright violations in the Kingdom.

The two parties will work closely on the identification and prosecution of suspected software pirates in addition to providing tools to boost compliance with intellectual property laws, the Bahrain Tribune reported.

The MoU was signed by the Information Ministry Undersecretary Hamad Al Manai and the BSA vice president, Middle East, Jawad Yousif Al Ridha, according to the report.

Bahrain is the second country in the region to sign an agreement with the trade organisation after the UAE.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has at 60% an average piracy rate in comparison to the rest of the region, lower than the rate in Egypt, Kuwait and Oman, but higher than that in Saudi Arabia, according to the latest statistics from IDC.

The UAE has at 35% one of the lowest piracy rates in the region by contrast.