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Four computer resellers caught in Abu Dhabi raids

Authorities confiscate 300 illegal CDs together with computers found operating unlicensed software

Four computer resellers in Abu Dhabi were caught with 300 counterfeit CDs in the latest series of anti-piracy raids conducted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and Microsoft.

It also led to the confiscation of four desktop computers loaded with unlicensed versions of Microsoft software including the Windows operating system and Office suite.

The undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy, Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, pointed out that the country has been able to achieve one of the lowest piracy rates in the region due to the “strictness of relevant laws and the significant efforts undertaken by the Ministry and other federal and local agencies.”

Microsoft, a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) also aided the recent series of raids that's seen a total of 4,000 pirated CDs seized by the Ministry from various parts of the country.

“As the capital city, we envision Abu Dhabi as a leader in nationwide efforts to discourage and eventually eradicate sales of pirated software,” added Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman of the BSA in the Gulf.

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