Saudi raids rake in haul of 38,000 pirated CDs
Ministry hopes to curb market for fake products in Kingdom, estimated to be worth around $4 billion a year
A recent anti-piracy crackdown by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information has raked in an astonishing 38,000 illegal movie and game CDs from the streets of Riyadh.
Riyadh police targetted vendors at the Olaya market and then expanded their search to Haraj Bin Gassem, south of the city. After being questioned by authorities to find out key supplier information, the vendors were made to sign pledges, promising not to repeat their unlawful actions.
Scott Butler, CEO of the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA) commended the Ministry’s efforts, adding that “they were able to dramatically reduce the number of illegal vendors roaming Riyadh’s streets”.
The Ministry has promised to continue anti-piracy campaigns until street vendors are no longer present in the country in an effort to curb violations of intellectual property rights (IPR).
The annual market for counterfeit products in Saudi Arabia presently stands at around $4 billion.