UAE leads ME efforts in fight against piracy
UAE Ministry of Economy hosts workshop for staff on software piracy and IPR protection
The UAE Ministry of Economy (MoE) recently hosted a training workshop on software piracy and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) aimed at sensitising its staff.
The training which was held in conjunction with Adobe Systems and Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA), is part of the continuing collaboration and on-going effort between the MoE, Adobe and AAA to generate greater awareness about IPR protection and highlight the negative impact of software piracy on the social and economic development of the UAE.
The training included a detailed discussion and presentation of Adobe products and the proper installation and activation process that validates the authenticity of the purchased software. Adobe also discussed measures adopted to protect consumers against pirated software such as the software tagging mechanism, which is a process of maintaining a set of tag files on a client machine to determine the installation and license state of various software products.
The training covered the importance of ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 in providing a Software Asset Management (SAM) standard for software identification tags, which accurately identify installed software programs.
H.E. Humaid Ali Bin Butti Al Muhairi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commercial Affairs, MoE, confirmed that the UAE maintains a strong position globally in the fight against software piracy, and is among the top countries in the world in the protection of IPR. The UAE MoE, in partnership with various stakeholders in the public and private sectors, is working tirelessly to curb and combat software piracy and limit such harmful practices that affect innovation and technology transfer to the UAE.
He also pointed out that the UAE gives great importance to the protection of trademarks, IPR, reducing piracy and negative practices, which represents an important factor and a catalyst for attracting foreign investments, while ensuring that the rights of investors will be protected in the country.
Al Muhairi praised the role of the AAA and the continuous cooperation between the Ministry, the AAA and the companies operating in the software sector. He noted that the ministry's efforts in this area are aimed at establishing a new knowledge-based economy.
Naser Samaenah, manager, Regional License Compliance at Adobe Systems Middle East and North Africa (MENA), said: "Software piracy remains a major threat to the growth of global economies, and to the UAE's status as a safe and attractive business hub. Adobe organised the training in collaboration with the AAA as part of our proactive efforts to assist the UAE MoE in addressing key issues related to IPR protection and piracy."
Samaenah added that the company will continue to explore more ways to leverage its expertise and resources in helping strategic partners from the government and the private sector to prevent the proliferation of piracy.
Scott Butler, chief executive officer, AAA, said: "Our continuing fight against piracy has been gaining solid momentum with the support of leading anti-piracy advocates such as Adobe. Moreover, the support of the Ministry of Economy is equally crucial as it allows us to bring our key messages to a wider cross-section of the society. The trainings conducted by Adobe are very important to create greater awareness about the UAE's IPR laws and to remind the public of the legal implications of using and selling pirated software."
According to the UAE Federal Law No.7 of 2002 concerning copyright, management of organisations that use illegal software can face criminal prosecution. The UAE has been highly successful in its anti-piracy efforts, having registered the lowest software piracy rate among Arab countries at 36%, according to a report by the IDC.