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BSA holds IPR summit in Jordan

Anti-software piracy body brings together authorities to discuss IPR challenges.

Anti-software piracy body Business Software Alliance has hosted its third annual Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) forum in Amman, Jordan.

The two-day event - which assessed the way Middle Eastern countries are implementing IPR protection - saw attendance from a number of authorities which continue to address the safeguarding of property rights.

BSA used the event to allow participants to share their best practices for curbing piracy. According to IDC, Middle East software piracy levels dropped one percentage point in 2005 to 57%, while the global piracy rate remained unchanged at 37%.

Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman at BSA Middle East, said: "Governments and corporations in the Middle East have recognised the fact that the degree of success achieved by a country in its economic progress is to a large extent dependent on the efficient implementation of IPR and the use of original software by the industry. The concerted efforts by the authorities, government departments and agencies to bring down piracy rates in their respective countries have shown positive results, with a marked decline in piracy rates in most of the Arab world."

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