Arabic software industry affected by high incidence of piracy
Arabic IT solutions developer Sakhr Software has emphasized the importance of protecting intellectual property rights of software companies developing and marketing original IT software programs in the Arab world. The protection of intellectual property rights is expected to create an atmosphere of trust and a healthy investment climate for the software companies operating in the Arabian markets, thereby enhancing the economies in the region, achieving healthy economic growth and opening the door for Arab consumers to benefit from the quality and performance of original software programs.
In a market protected from piracy, the IT sector, which is witnessing an upsurge because of the policy initiatives of the regional governments in the sectors of eGovernance, eLearning and eCommerce, would also see greater employment opportunities for IT professionals in the field of software development.
Sakhr Software has also endorsed the pivotal role played by Business Software Alliance (BSA) in protecting the intellectual property rights of software companies in the Arab world. BSA is at the forefront of the drive to create a legal and safe environment in which to combat the usage of pirated software. Protection from software piracy is expected to pave the way to creativity and create greater commercial opportunities for companies investing in the research and development of original software.
Sakhr Software was founded in Kuwait in 1982, and was relocated in Cairo in 1990. The company develops software specifically tailored to the needs of the Arabic market and Arabic language users. It has developed technologies that have had a strong impact on the Arabic IT industry.
Sakhr was also behind the successful introduction of the world’s first Arabic to English, English to Arabic, online Machine Translation engine which is licensed to the Ajeeb. Ajeeb has served 21 million translation requests in the month of August with an exponential growth in that figure. — (menareport.com)
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