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Three resellers targetted by anti-piracy raids in UAE

Three resellers in the UAE raided for selling pirated software

The raids uncovered PCs loaded with pirated Microsoft software.
The raids uncovered PCs loaded with pirated Microsoft software.

Authorities in the UAE have conducted three more raids against resellers accused of selling pirated software.

The raids, two raids in Dubai and another in Abu Dhabi, apparently uncovered PCs loaded with illegal copies of Microsoft applications. The PCs were confiscated and criminal investigations are described as ongoing.

The raids were part of an ongoing campaign against software piracy in the region, led by Microsoft, which works closely with governments, industry partners and educational organisations on IPR enforcement.

HE Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Shihhi, Director General of the UAE Ministry of Economy, said: "Software piracy is a serious and extremely damaging issue that affects the prospects of the software industry, the local economies, and software users. We are committed to working with organizations such as Microsoft to combat software piracy in the UAE. It is our mandate to protect intellectual property rights, and thus strengthen market confidence. We will continue to take appropriate action to curb software piracy."

"Jawad Al Redha, IPR Manager, Microsoft Gulf, added: "We commend the Ministry's efforts to curb the sale of pirated software in the country. Microsoft is determined to protect its customer, reseller and partner ecosystem from the threat and losses associated with piracy through a combined strategy of education, enforcement and engineering, acting with government and law enforcement to address this serious issue."