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Crackdown on software piracy a success - Bahrain

Ministry seizes more than one hundred CDs plus desktops containing fake Microsoft software.

An anti-piracy crack down in Bahrain has resulted in more than one hundred CDs and desktops with counterfeit software being seized, it was announced on Wednesday.

Successful raids in the capital, Manama, saw 120 CDS containing pirated software seized, along with desktops loaded with counterfeit Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003.

The Bahrain Ministry of Information declared war on the software piracy industry in September last year by ordering the public destruction of thousands of unlicensed CDs.

“Bahrain is in the process of transforming itself into a regional IT hub. This goal will not be attained if we allow the capital city itself to be the base of resellers of illegal software," said Jamal Dawood, director of publication, at the Ministry of Information.

The ministry has been working with Microsoft Gulf and organisations such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) as part of the anti-piracy project. The organisations help by feeding the ministry information to help track down sources of pirated software.

"We will continue to conduct and even intensify such raids to ensure that we secure a safe and productive environment for local and foreign stakeholders in our rapidly growing IT sector,” Dawood added.

BSA is the leading global voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace.

“While we understand that these trying economic times place greater pressure on businesses to control costs, resorting to criminal practices such as installing unauthorised software is not a solution,” said Jawad Al Redha, BSA co-chairman in the Gulf region.

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