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Software seller stung in anti-piracy raid

125 pieces of fake Microsoft software were recovered, one person was charged in the case

Software seller stung in anti-piracy raid
Microsoft Gulf and Dubai anti-piracy officials raided a shop selling counterfeit Microsoft software and netted 125 pieces of fraudulent software. One person was arrested in connection with the case.

Microsoft Gulf, a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and anti-piracy authorities in Dubai worked together to raid a Bur Dubai-based IT reseller which was allegedly selling counterfeit Microsoft products.

The raid resulted in 125 pieces of possibly pirated Microsoft software being confiscated. The software included Windows XP, Windows 7 and Office 2010.

One person has been arrested in connection with the case and has been charged by the police for criminal behaviour.

"Pirates look for any opportunity to take advantage of a customer and use increasingly sophisticated methods to take advantage of consumers," said Dale Waterman, Microsoft's corporate attorney for Anti-Piracy for the Middle East and Africa.

He also gave some tips on how to avoid pirated software.

"The next time a consumer is in the market for software, they should consider these points to help ensure the product is authentic: a) Make sure you are buying from a reputable reseller; if needed, do your homework and collect feedback about the seller. b) If shopping online, check the online seller's price against the estimated retail value of the software. If the price for software seems too good to be true, it probably is. c) Be especially cautious when dealing with software sellers in other countries. The physical distance, differences in legal systems and other factors can complicate matters if the transaction goes awry. d) Avoid sellers offering back-up copies or compilations of software titles from different publishers on a single disk, as it's a clear indication the software is illegal. e) Be sure your anti-virus software and firewalls are up-to-date, that way if you fall victim to counterfeit software you're protected against the viruses and malware that often times result from counterfeits," he said.

The high-quality counterfeits, designed to dupe customers into thinking they are buying the real thing, originated in China and the package included fake copper hologram CDs and Certificates of Authenticity

"The regular anti-piracy raids being conducted in the UAE send a strong and clear message that intellectual property rights violation of any kind will not be tolerated in the country. The Ministry of Economy will continue to extend all possible support to the concerned authorities to curb piracy and promote the sustained growth of the UAE's IT sector," said Abdullah Al Hussain, Director of the Censorship Department, UAE Ministry of Economy.

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