BSA: remove UAE from piracy watchlist
The Middle East regional director of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called on the US Trade Representative to remove the United Arab Emirates from its software piracy watchlist. Quoted by Gulf News, BSA’s Jawad Al-Redha noted that his office has been calling for the UAE’s removal from the list for four years already.
According to the BSA, forged software currently accounts for 44 percent of the computer programs used in the UAE, compared to 57 percent in the region, 34 percent in Western Europe and 25 percent in North America. And while the UAE’s rate fell be three percentage points over the past year, the world piracy rate rose slightly to 37 percent.
The next best piracy rate in the region was Egypt’s, which stood at 56 percent. It was followed by Saudi Arabia at 59 percent. Kuwait, Qatar and Lebanon have piracy rates over 80 percent ― placing them among the world’s top 10 offenders. Oman’s rate dropped to 78 percent in 1999, from 88 in 2000. ― (MENA Report)
© 2001 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)